Maryland Orders Statewide Bridge Inspection After Concrete Falls on Woman’s Car

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KeyBridge.Baltimore.MDAfter concrete fell on a woman’s car on the Capital Beltway earlier this week, officials don’t want to do anything to incite panic. So, they’re running out and inspecting all the bridges — just to make sure.

Acting Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn ordered all 27 bridges that are under the state’s purview to be inspected. They were all built before 1969 and are reportedly in “similar condition” to the PG County bridge where the accident occurred.

Turns out, 81 of Maryland’s bridges are rated structurally deficient, including 18 in Baltimore. But really, it’s okay!

“Motorists should not have to think twice about driving across or under one of our bridges,” said Rahn said in a statement.  “These targeted statewide inspections will help us immediately identify any bridges in need of repair, with the goal of preventing what happened on Tuesday from occurring again.”

The state Highway Administration has a full list of the bridges that will be inspected.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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