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MAY 2017 | Vol. 22 | Issue 5 | Mail Run: 8,492 | Total Print Run: 11,500 Your Good News Community Newspaper, Serving Northern Frederick County, Maryland, Since 1995

Roddy Road Covered intshiids ei s s u e
Bridge Reopens

Deb Spalding

The Roddy Photo by Deb Spalding incidents. He A Bridge
Road Covered also thanked Remember
Jeff Yokum, the A Fallen
Bridge is a bridge neighbor Hero
coveted link to
our local history who provided Army
land for the Specialist
in Northern turnaround at the Erik Hayes
Frederick County.
It is one of three bridge; Fitzgerald — Read the story on page 6
Heavy Timber
historic covered Construction, Thurmont
bridges in the Business
area, along with Inc. employees Showcase
who rebuilt the Sees Great
Loy’s Station and bridge; HMF Turnout
Utica bridges.
The forty-foot- Paving employees Held
who were Saturday,
long single-lane instrumental in April 22
structure was
originally built in the apprehension — Read the story on page 19
of the individual
the mid-1800s. who damaged Thurmont
Last June, it Little
was struck and the bridge; L e a g u e ’s
partially carried Dean Fitzgerald, president of Fitzgerald Heavy Timber Construction, Inc., the contractor for the Frederick County Season
bridge repair project, is shown as the sun shines on the beautifully completed bridge. Opening

away by a box Highway Bridge Held
Construction Crew, District 1 Saturday,
truck. The resulting damage made (future) bridge-like pavilion. They Crew, and the sign crew who April 15
the bridge unsafe, so it had to be also took action to prevent future
closed. Repairs to the bridge began damage to the bridge by installing a fabricated and installed the signage — Read the story on page 26
in October and were completed by passive over-height warning system and protective devices; Frederick
that a too-large-to-pass-through-the- County maintenance personnel who Look inside for these and other stories
Dean Fitzgerald’s Heavy Timber bridge vehicle will hit before getting completed the electrical work; and of interest, along with our monthly
Construction, Inc., in cooperation columns, as well as Look Who Took Us
with the Frederick County to the bridge. the Transportation Engineering staff Along, Pet of the Month, and our Hidden
who coordinated the project and the Object and Where Am I? Contests.
Department of Public Works and Frederick County officials and reconstruction efforts.
Frederick County Department of staff came out to celebrate the
Parks and Recreation. reopening of the bridge and park Frederick County Executive
Jan Gardner said, “In Frederick
While the bridge was closed, with the community on Monday, County, we are passionate about
Frederick County took the April 17, 2017. Frederick County
opportunity to re-route Roddy Public Works Director Chuck Nipe our historic covered bridges.” She
talked about the historic significance
Creek Road away from Roddy welcomed guests. He extended
Creek in order to open space sincere appreciation to the residents of the bridge, and thanked all parties
for a new park that includes who attended public meetings and involved in its reconstruction and the
formation of the surrounding park.
a playground, walking trail, provided recommendations about Other speakers included
bathroom, parking area, and a how to avoid future bridge damage
Frederick County Council President
Bud Otis, Frederick County Parks
and Recreation Commission Chair
Mary Ann Brodie-Ennis, Frederick
County Parks and Recreation
EDDM Director Jeremy Kortright, Frederick


U.S.POSTAGE County Parks and Recreation

ECRWSS Commission members, Thurmont
Mayor John Kinnaird, and other

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