Carroll meeting to discuss Route 140 bridge project

The Maryland State Highway Administration will host an informational meeting Tuesday about a construction project on the Route 140 bridge over the North Branch of the Patapsco River at the Baltimore County and Carroll County line.

The meeting will cover the project design, schedule, and what to expect during construction. Display areas will be set up with project information and lane diagrams for each phase, and SHA representatives will be available to discuss the project and answer questions concerning construction.

The meeting will be held Sandymount Elementary School in Finksburg from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A formal presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Route 140, or Westminster Pike, Bridge is scheduled for an upgrade beginning in September. SHA will replace the driving surface and supporting steel beams while widening the shoulders on the bridge.

Starting in the early spring of 2014 and continuing through next fall, the bridge will be reduced from four to three lanes. One of those lanes will be reversible, carrying traffic toward Baltimore during the morning rush hour and toward Westminster during the evening rush hour and weekends.

Built in 1946, the bridge is structurally safe, but is showing signs of significant deterioration, according to the SHA website.

The project is expected to extend the service life of the bridge 30 to 50 years.

For more information on the project, visit or contacts SHA District Community Liasion Heather Keels at 301-624-8131 or

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