Work on Gov. Bridge Road Bridge Should Be Complete by Thanksgiving

The bridge crossing the Patuxent River between Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County on Governor’s Bridge Road has been closed since May of this year. On Monday (Oct. 21), work crews got started making repairs to the bridge, Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW) spokeswoman Carol Terry said.

“They should be finished by Thanksgiving,” she added.

The project, a fifty-fifty venture between the two counties, will cost about $115,000. The work will involve fabricating steel parts, welding sections of the structure and replacing beams. The bridge is a truss structure. There will be no upgrades or resurfacing.

PG officials closed the Governor's Bridge Road Patuxent River bridge.

Prince George’s and Anne Arundel County are working together to repair the Gov. Bridge.

Since May, residents between the two counties have been unable to take the “back route” between Davidsonville and Bowie.

The bridge is one of two Patuxent River crossings in Davidsonville. In 2010, the state of Maryland closed the Central Avenue bridge for a complete rehabilitation. That bridge reopened in 2011.

Drivers can also cross the river along Route 50.

Another bridge that went from Davidsonville over the Patuxent River was on the south side of Central Avenue and took people back and forth to the community of “Hardesty” in Prince Georges. That bridge crossing 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. It’s barricaded.

After the truck destroyed that bridge, the state managed to get the truck off, but never repaired or reopened the crossing. Since then, the state has never put it on the roster of bridges to be repaired. The hamlet of Hardesty on the Prince George’s side has remained small — 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 with a parking lot for easy access on the PG side.

The question is, who will the Gov. Bridge Road Goatman scare this Halloween? Just the construction crew?

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