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July 16, 2014

Innovative technology utilized in new bridge

— BARTON — A new bridge over Moores Run on Potomac Hollow Road will use innovative technologies and be mainly paid for by federal grants along with matching funds paid by Allegany County.

The total construction cost is $880,000, county officials said. The county received a $210,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment Program. Additional funding for the project came from federal bridge funding that the county receives. The county must pay a 20 percent local share.

The bridge utilizes prefabricated bridge elements and geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge systems for construction. It is the first bridge in the state using the two emerging technologies, including the soil and an Integrated Bridge System, which is a hybrid composite superstructure. The new two-lane, 27-foot-long bridge is replacing the existing structurally deficient bridge.

“The existing bridge is considered a major bridge and is included in the list of federal bridges for Allegany County. Therefore, the project costs are eligible for Allegany County’s federal bridge money,” a county staff report states.

The new bridge will be constructed on the same alignment as the existing bridge and be built to current standards, limiting a weight restriction posted on the current bridge.

Traffic in the area will be maintained by use of a temporary detour bridge during the project. The one-lane detour bridge will run adjacent to the existing bridge on the north side of the current structure, county staff said.

The bridge is expected to be completed by the end of September.

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