Earlier this week, Frederick County's Public Works Department held a public meeting to discuss the upcoming project that will replace the bridge on Hessong Bridge Rd. This road is popular among local road cyclists that ride through the beautiful and easy rolling farmland in the North East of the county. Projects like this one and the Old Frederick Road bridge replacement are important as many of the bridges in our county are in need of repair. However, closing down these roads means more vehicles and bicycles share fewer routes. The increased traffic on the detours means that cyclists and drivers alike need to be more diligent.
The new bridge design includes two 11-foot wide lanes and 5-foot wide shoulders for cyclists and pedestrians. The current bridge is a one-lane temporary bridge built in 1975 and does not meet current codes. The final design of the bridge will be completed in 2019 with construction funding planned for 2020. Additional details and future project updates will be listed on the county's website. https://www.frederickcountymd.gov/hessongbridge