The not-yet-completed Southampton Road Bridge collapsed late last week while crews were pouring the deck and nearing completion of the lengthy project.
Southampton Road has been closed during the road realignment and bridge construction project, but the bridge collapse is expected to extend that closure by many months.
Here’s a synopsis of what happened and what actions are being taken, as provided by Robert B. Thomas, Management Assistant in the Harford County Office of Governmental and Community Relations:
“The contractor was pouring the deck on the bridge and a prestressed beam underneath collapsed causing damage to the structure. The contractor is doing due diligence to determine the cause of the problem. The contractor was well ahead of schedule (scheduled completion is August 2010) and will be assessing the corrective measures with the County, the beam manufacturer and the Design Engineer. That activity is taking place at this time.”
The Departments of Public Works and Procurement will continue to monitor the progress of the repairs and corrective actions, Thomas said.