Sparks Road bridge to reopen Saturday

October 04, 1990

The Sparks Road bridge, a 100-year-old span over the Gunpowder Falls that was closed March 28 because of structural problems, will be reopened to traffic at 8 a.m. Saturday, according to Baltimore County officials.

The 175-foot bridge, the focus of a $1 million reconstruction project begun last spring, is one of seven wrought-iron truss bridges left in the county, said Gene L. Neff, county public works director.

The bridge was raised 1 foot for a new steel flooring system to bolster its foundation.

A structural steel arch was added so that it could carry additional weight and retain its historic appearance.

Lateral bracing also was added to bolster its carrying capacity, Mr. Neff said.

The bridge will not have any weight restrictions. Before the reconstruction, its limit was 12 tons.

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