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3/7/2011MD 17 Bridge Over Potomac River Rehabilitation Project
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is performing routine maintenance on the MD 17 (Petersville Road) bridge over the Potomac River in Brunswick, Frederick County.  SHA anticipates completing this project in spring 2011, weather permitting. 
Although the bridge is structurally sound, it is in need of preventative maintenance to extend its usable life.  SHA will clean, repaint, and make minor repairs to the steel girders beneath the bridge.  Protective coatings on the structural steel prevent corrosion and are designed to last approximately 30 years.  Routine maintenance will reduce the likelihood of costly repairs in the future and ensure the bridge reaches its full usable life, which is typically well over 100 years.
This bridge is a vital connection between Maryland and Virginia.  SHA rigorously inspects state bridges every two years to ensure the safety of the traveling public. 
The existing steel coatings contain lead, therefore SHA will take precautions to ensure public safety and prevent the lead debris from impacting the environment.  To ensure the safety of motorists and residents near the structure and to prevent debris from impacting the environment, crews will install a containment system prior to removing the coating. 
The containment is designed to ensure any dust or debris generated from removal of existing paint is collected and disposed of properly.  An inspector trained to remove lead paint will be onsite to monitor removal of the existing coating and the application of the new coating.
For additional information about the project please contact Geoff McCammon, SHA's District Community Liaison for Frederick County, at 301-624-8131, toll free at 1-800-635-5119, or by e-mail at