Small bridge, long detour in Laurel to last through summer
Posted by WTOP/Dave Dildine
June 28, 2019
"Is it possible for y'all to get an update out of Montgomery County/Prince George's County officials about the Greencastle Road bridge repair? The road has been closed for several months with no notification as to when it will be reopened?"
Greencastle Road has been closed between Old Gunpowder Road and Fairland Recreational Park since spring for the replacement of a structurally deficient bridge over Little Paint Branch but the road is expected to be reopen this summer.
The replacement of the bridge across the creek is headed by Prince George's County. The original structure was built more than 40 years ago. The most recent inspection revealed advanced section loss and deterioration of the bridge deck.
The Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation tells WTOP that the detour for local drivers is expected to be lifted by the end of August. Until then, drivers will need to continue using Route 198 or Briggs Chaney Road to travel between Laurel and Burtonsville.
A paving project on Old Gunpowder Road has complicated the detour for some drivers, with flagging and occasional stoppages of traffic during daylight hours.
The new bridge superstructure should extend the life of the Greencastle Road bridge another 15 to 20 years. About 8,000 drivers per day used the two-lane bridge before it closed.