Patuxent River Bridge Closed Indefinitely for ‘Deteriorating Conditions’
No more taking the “back route” from Davidsonville to a Bowie Baysox game by crossing the one-lane bridge on Governor’s Bridge Road. The bridge is closed. Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation officials closed the bridge due to deteriorating conditions. The bridge crosses the Patuxent River.
The bridge was one of three Patuxent River crossings in Davidsonville. In 2010, the state of Maryland closed the Central Avenue bridge for a complete rehabilitation. It reopened in 2011.
Another bridge that goes from Patuxent River Road on the south side of Central Avenue to the community of “Hardesty” in Prince Georges was closed about 50 years ago when a delivery truck that was over the weight limit caused the bridge to buckle. The bridge is still there, just as it was when horse-drawn carriages used it regularly.
After the truck destroyed the bridge, the state managed to get the truck off, but never repaired or reopened the crossing. After that, the state never put it on the roster of bridges to be repaired.
Since then, Central Avenue has become the busier thoroughfare by far. The hamlet of Hardesty on the Prince George’s side has become all but forgotten. A dozen homes and farms remain, but the town has not experienced the kind of growth Davidsonville and other parts of Bowie have experienced. The bridge, however, is a favorite spot for anglers.
The Prince George’s DPW&T have not determined the duration of the closure at this time. Water-filled barriers were put in place earlier this week.