Nov. 10, 2011
The Garrett County Roads Department expects to reopen the Swallow Falls Road bridge site to vehicular traffic today, Thursday, Nov. 10, at approximately 3 p.m., general roads superintendent Jay Moyer announced earlier this week.
“Everything’s pretty much back to normal, except that traffic across the new temporary bridge will be one way and foot traffic is discouraged,” he noted.
Vehicles traveling northeast on Swallow Falls Road will have the right of way across the bridge. Those traveling southwest will have to yield to oncoming traffic.
Moyer requested that pedestrians not cross the bridge, as there is no space available for them to safely do so. Swallow Falls State Park visitors are asked to drive their vehicles into the park.
The temporary bridge will once again allow combination vehicles carrying legal loads up to 80,000 pounds/40 tons to cross over the Youghiogeny River on Swallow Falls Road.
The site was closed in late September because the old bridge had deteriorated to the point where it would have failed the next inspection. There was no immediate funding available for a new bridge, so a temporary one, already owned by the county, was installed by the Roads Department.
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