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Hiker-biker bridge moving forward in Montgomery

Montgomery County drivers passing by the scene on Veirs Mill Road in Aspen Hill may think they're looking up at a new interchange for the Intercounty Connector. But no, it's the ramp for a still-incomplete bridge that will take the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail over the roadway.

Click here to see what the finished product should look like. But we're not there yet.

If weather permits this weekend, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission will close one lane in each direction on Veirs Mill Road at Aspen Hill Road from 8 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. If bad weather delays this, it will be done the following weekend.

While the lanes are closed, workers will use two cranes to lift and position four 37-ton, curved steel beams over Veirs Mill Road. The eventual result will be a 605 foot-long bridge for hikers and bikers on the 15-mile-long trail that also will provide a safe crossing of busy Veirs Mill for neighborhood residents. The project got underway in December 2008 and should be done in spring 2011.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 12, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Biking , Driving , Weekend Work  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, hiker-biker trail  
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I am looking forward to this one.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | November 12, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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