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Highway and Road Transportation

Days dwindle...for Harford's ancient Watervale bridge

Days dwindle...for Harford's ancient Watervale bridge

May 18 marked the official start of construction on the replacement of the old bridge carrying Watervale Road over Winters Run between Bel Air and Fallston, but the bridge isn't down yet and may still have another week to stand, maybe longer.

The original truss bridge, which had a wood planked deck that was removed several years ago, has been estimated by the county to be at least 100 years old.

According to county engineers, the Watervale bridge was the oldest in continuous use in the county highway system, when a temporary bridge was placed on top of it by the county in 2009 amid fears of a possible collapse of the original.

As the replacement project got under way...