On Thursday afternoon, the Harford Road Bridge over Herring Run sprung a leak, reported to the Department of Public Works by witness Matt Bovie. A 6-inch water main broke, causing water to gush out of the bridge “as fierce as a fire hose.”
Bovie said chunks of cement had been falling from the arch for some time now, with one fairly recently on the walkway.
Resident Langston Parker said, “I come to this park all the time. I see people running under the bridge all the time. It’s outrageous.”
Lynn Huntley said she had been visiting Herring Run for the past 30 years and has no confidence the bridge is safe.
However, city transportation officials have inspected the bridge and deemed it to be in “satisfactory condition” and capable of holding 21,700 pounds.
Chief of bridge engineering for Baltimore City, Scott Weaver, said, “The Bridge is safe to travel on.”
City officials had already discussed replacing the bridge and weaver said that plans would be delivered to the Federal Highway and State Highway administrations by the end of April.
It will cost an estimated $20 million to replace the bridge, but it will have to pass the approval process, which is quite lengthy and both federal and state officials will have to signs the plans. The project should be ready to go out for bids by mid-November.
During the construction process, detours will be in place so traffic is not interrupted.