KINGSVILLE, Md. - A piece of local history will soon experience a major face lift.
The Jericho Covered Bridge, one of just six such structures in the state, will undergo a series of repairs beginning soon. Built in 1865, the bridge connects Baltimore and Harford counties across the Little Gunpowder River in Kingsville.
Among the enhancements set to take place includes replacing deteriorating timbers and applying to the bridge flame retardant and anti-graffiti coating. The $2 million project was, funded by a grant through the Federal Highway Administration National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program. Baltimore and Harford counties will cover the remaining costs.
“This is a very popular bridge, not only just for sight-seerers, for horse-traffic, for bikes, for hikers, but also for the motor traffic in this area of Harford County which has just continued to expand because of the most recent BRAC at Aberdeen Proving Ground,” said Rick Decker of the Friends of Maryland State Parks and Forest.
For the estimated 490 vehicles that cross the bridge daily, a detour during the reconstruction will be at Jerusalem Road on the north, Old Joppa Road on the east and Franklinville Road on the south.
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