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Jericho Bridge Rehabilitation Project Update, 2/17/2015. The long-awaited rehabilitation project for Jericho Bridge will soon start. Bids to do the work ended on September 30, 2014. with three qualifying companies having their bids accepted by Baltimore County. Baltimore County received approval from the State Highway Administration and Federal Highway Administration to award the project to Kinsley Construction, Inc. Kinsley rehabilitated Gilpin's Falls Bridge in Cecil County, MD in 2009-10. Jericho Bridge will be rehabilitated using the same process as Gilpin's Falls Bridge, stripping it to its skeleton to inspect and replace all heavy timbers, which was last estimated to be about 15% of the wood.
Work is expected to begin in March/April 2015 and will take about 9 months to complete. In addition to replacing the heavy timbers, repairs include a new cedar shingle roof, new siding, new floor, installing a security camera that will be monitored by the Baltimore County Information Technology Division, painting, applying fire retardant and anit-graffiti coating, abutment repairs and new guard rails.
Jericho Bridge Rehabilitation Project Update, 9/30/2014. Baltimore County has announced that bidding for the rehabilitation of Jericho Bridge has closed on September 30. According to the Baltimore County website, "Bid results are pending review of qualification status. Baltimore County has 20 days to perform the review. Once the review is complete the bids will be opened." Companies that placed bids are Kinsley Construction Incorporated, Eastern Highway Specialists Incorporated, and Allied Contractors Incorporated. Kinsley Construction was awarded the contract to rehabilitate Gilpin's Falls Bridge in 2009-10.
To see the official release for bid proposals for Jericho Bridge visit Baltimore County, Maryland Invitation for Bids.. For Bidder's Information visit Bid Results.
Jericho Bridge Rehabilitation Project Update, 6/19/2014. Baltimore County has announced an "invitation for bids" to rehabilitate Jericho Bridge. The bid date is officially August 19, 2014 (the bid date was originally July 8, 2014). The proposed work includes painting for timber structure, cleaning and painting existing steel in bridge, replace 6 timber truss vertical members, replace 4 timber truss diagonal end post members, install timber siding, install laminated timber deck and timber curb, replace 5 timber arch members, install 727 linear feet of steel backed timber guardrail and install a new cedar shingle roof.
To see the official release for bid proposals for Jericho Bridge visit Baltimore County, Maryland Invitation for Bids.. For Bidder's Information visit Bid Results.
Loys Station Bridge Damaged, 10/17/2013. An online report from Your4State.com informed readers that Loys Station Bridge in Frederick County was damaged on October 15th between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. by a large truck or possibly a piece of high profile equipment. The vehicle struck a roof support ripping it from the beam. The article also asked anyone with information about this damage to call the Frederick County Sheriff's Office at 301-600-3643.
Jericho Bridge Rehabilitation Project Update, 10/1/2013. Various newspapers ran an article in late September about plans to rehabilitate Jericho Bridge. Highlights of the article include the cost of $2 million for the project funded mostly through the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program along with $80,000 shared by both Harford and Baltimore counties, bids will go out in the fall, and work should begin early 2014. The project will be modeled after the rebuilding of Gilpin's Falls Bridge in Cecil County in 2010. Siding will be removed followed by an examination of the truss timbers which will be replaced as needed. After that, the bridge will be reassembled and covered in fire-retardant chemicals and anti-graffiti coating.
Jericho Bridge Rehabilitation Project Update, 1/14/2013. The Department of Public Works has informed us that the rehabilitation of Jericho Bridge will take place, at the earliest, this coming summer. They also commented that it may be even later than the summer and at this time a definite date cannot be determined.
Accident closes Roddy Road Bridge in Frederick County, 4/2/2012. The Frederick News-Post reported that Roddy Road Bridge was closed on 4/1/2012 after a car crashed into the bridge. Inspection is being made on the bridge to determine the extent of the damage. The accident occurred when a driver blew a tire and struck an upright beam on the side of the bridge. Siding was pushed out and a center support floor beam was dislodged. County officials do not consider the damage to be serious but are not sure how long the bridge will be closed.
Update on rehabilitation of Jericho Covered Bridge, 12/09/2011. On December 8, 2011 a Project Information Meeting for plans to rehabilitate Jericho Covered Bridge was held at the Kingsville Elementary School. Engineers for the Baltimore County Department of Public Works and Wallace, Montgomery & Associates, LLP presented detailed information to about 20 interested citizens.
The project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2013 and continue for approximately 6-12 months. The rehabilitation will include replacement of all siding and flooring, a new cedar shake shingle roof, application of fire retardant and anti-graffiti protective coatings, and a surveillance security system.
Engineers reported the trusses of the bridge as well as the wingwalls and abutments are in relatively good shape and will be repaired as necessary. A drawing highlighting specific truss members that will require replacing was presented. Approximately 10 percent of the truss system will be replaced. Upper windows will be installed for lighting and ventilation. Engineers plan to restore the bridge as much as possible to its original appearance. It is likely Jericho Bridge will be painted barn red although a final decision on the color has not yet been made.
We will continue to post updates to this website for any information about the rehabilitation of Jericho Bridge and when work begins we will provide a weekly update with photos.
Jericho Bridge Receives Funding for Rehabilitation, 3/30/2011.An article in the Baltimore Sun reported Jericho Bridge, crossing the Little Gunpowder River connecting Baltimore and Harford counties, has received a $2 million grant to make necessary repairs to the bridge. Most of the money comes from the Federal Highway Administration's National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program. Repairs will include replacement of deteriorating timbers, fixing roof leaks and a fresh coat of fire retardant paint. Work is expected to start in 2012.
A public meeting was conducted by the Baltimore Region of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) at 4 p.m. on March 30th. TIP speakers provided more detailed information of the rehabilitation of the bridge to interested citizens. The amount of money available is actaully $1.7 million and the funding comes from preservation program grants of 2009-10. Repairs include: replace arch timbers, posts, roofing, siding planks, timber deck and wingwalls. Also paint with anti-graffiti, fire retardant, and insect repellant coating system. Additional discussion involved possibly providing a surveilance system and more lighting at each end of the bridge.
Unfortunately, the rehabilitation will not begin until the summer of 2013, not 2012 as stated in the Baltimore Sun article. The bridge is expected to be closed for 6 to 9 months.
Read the detailed on-line article in the Baltimore Sun.
Update, 6/24/2010.Be sure to visit Giplin's Falls Covered Bridge for more rehabilitation photos, ribbon cutting celebration photos and revised information about the history of Gilpin's Falls Bridge.
Update, 4/10/2010.The rehabilitation of Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge in Bay View, Maryland, Cecil County, is now complete. The reconstruction of this bridge is absolutely beautiful. Everyone associated with the preservation effort and rehabilitation should be highly commended for all of their hard work to bring this historic bridge "back to life."
Gilpin's Falls Rehabilitation 04-09-2010 Gilpin's Falls Rehabilitation 03-27-2010
Gilpin's Falls Bridge, 04-09-2010.
Gilpin's Falls Bridge, 03-27-2010.
Gilpin's Falls Rehabilitation 01-31-2010 Gilpin's Falls Rehabilitation 01-15-2010
Gilpin's Falls Bridge, 01-31-2010.
Side boarding and roof, 01-15-2010.
Gilpin's Falls Rehabilitation 01-01-2010 Gilpin's Falls Rehabilitation 09-19-2009
Flooring installed, 01-01-2010.
Rehabilitation continues, 09-19-2009.
Gilpin's Falls Rehabilitation 09-11-2009 Gilpin's Falls Rehabilitation 06-22-2009
High flood waters, 09-11-2009.
Roof & all boards removed, 06-22-2009.
Gilpin's Falls Rehabilitation 03-12-2009 Gilpin's Falls Rehabilitation 02-08-2009
Side boarding removed, 03-12-2009.
Start of side boarding removal, 02-08-2009.
Gilpin's Falls Before Rehabilitation, 01-19-2009 Gilpin's Falls Before Rehabilitation 06-21-2008
Gilpin's Before Rehabilitation, 01-19-2009.
Giplin's Falls close to collapse, 06-21-2008.

Jericho Bridge, 02/09/2010.(Repairs to Jericho Bridge were completed early February, 2010.) Jericho Covered bridge near Kingsville is currently undergoing rehabilitation. One of its trusses has deterioration caused by either termites or wood beetles. Temporary supports were placed under the bridge while workers removed the rotted truss. A temporary steel truss has been installed where the rotted section of truss was removed.
Jericho Rehabilitation 11-09-2009

Jericho Bridge. 11-09-2009.

Jericho Bridge, 10/22/2009. An arson attempt occurred on Jericho Bridge sometime in August. Fire retardant prevented any major damage to the bridge. At least three arson attempts have been made in recent years including one nearly two years ago when gasoline was poured all over the flooring and another can of gasoline was found nearby.

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Please note that some of the websites for covered bridge festivals are not updated until the spring or summer of the year of the festival, so you may be viewing the prior year's information.
September 20-21, 2014: Washington & Greene County, Pennsylvania 44th Annual Covered Bridge Festival.
October 10-19, 2014: Parke County Indiana 58th Annual Covered Bridge Festival.
October 11-12, 2014: Ashtabula County Ohio 31st Anniversary Covered Bridge Festival.
October 11-12, 2014: Madison County Iowa 45th Covered Bridge Festival.

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