Northbound MD 295 reopens after bridge put back in place

Replacement of span on crucial BWI corridor went awry Saturday

  • Left to right, Oscar Codoba and Walter Martines, of P&S Painting, do touch-up work on the underside of the new northbound West Nursery Road span, which will replace the existing bridge over the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
Left to right, Oscar Codoba and Walter Martines, of P&S… (Baltimore Sun photo by Kim…)
October 21, 2012|The Baltimore Sun

The northbound lanes of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at West Nursery Road have been reopened, the State Highway Administration reported Sunday morning.

The section of the road, also known as MD 295, was closed early Saturday to allow the replacement of the West Nursery Road bridge deck over the northbound lanes. However, as crews placed the bridge deck on a specially designed piece of equipment that would wheel away the structure, the load shifted, scuttling the plan, the SHA said.

On Saturday evening, four giant cranes hoisted the existing bridge and put it back in its original location. Bridge inspectors deemed it safe for travel underneath.

West Nursery Road remains closed to traffic, however.

"SHA will evaluate the situation along with all contractors and consultants to determine what happened, why and what needs to be done now," SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters said in a statement.

The highway administration said it would determine the next steps for reconstruction of the deck over the northbound lanes as well as the deck on West Nursery Road over southbound MD 295 as soon as possible.

Southbound lanes of the parkway are open, the SHA said, but travelers should allow sufficient time when traveling to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The agency was scheduled this weekend to begin the work of replacing the overpass that feeds the business district around the airport as part of a $6 million project.

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