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Md. bridge repair will jam Beltway

Travelers on northbound Interstate 95/495 in Prince George's County Friday night should be prepared for lengthy delays while crews from the Maryland State Highway Administration repair a "small crack" in a bridge beam in the Kenilworth Avenue Bridge over the Beltway in Greenbelt.

According to the agency, bridge inspectors found the crack during a routine inspection on Sunday. The State Highway Administration closed the right lane on the northbound side of the bridge "to reduce any stress on the beam."

The agency "is taking immediate steps to repair the bridge beam," SHA Administrator Neil J. Pedersen in a statement.

The bridge will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Alternate routes will include U.S. 29, U.S. 1, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Route 193 and Route 198.

Pederson said the "bridge is structurally sound," but crews will close up to three right lanes while the work is performed.

Officials said repairs "will include welding, bolting and strengthening plates across the crack area."

By Michael Bolden  |  April 23, 2010; 3:53 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , highways  
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