Announced via press release:

Centennial Park Steel Bridge Replacement Project to Begin

New fiberglass bridge to require less upkeep, making it environmentally-friendly

A Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks’ project to replace the red steel bridge located along the pathway loop below Centennial Park’s north pond in Ellicott City, is expected to begin on or about Monday, October 21.

“I am committed to ensuring Howard County remains a safe and healthy place for generations to come,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “The replacement of this steel bridge with fiberglass will require less upkeep and provide a more environmentally-friendly structure so that it can be enjoyed by all for many years.”

Measuring eight by 80 feet, the new bridge will be made of fiberglass and will not require painting, providing a more environmentally friendly structure. Weather permitting, the project is expected to take three to four weeks to complete.

As the bridge site will be closed during construction, detour signs will be in place to guide park visitors around the site so they may continue walking the lake loop. For an alternate route during the bridge closure, please see the accompanying detour map.

Centennial Park is a 337-acre public park that features a spectacular 54-acre man-made lake, more than seven miles of interconnected paved pathways and is home to a variety of wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, beavers, foxes, turtles, herons and many other bird species. For more information on Centennial Park, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/CentennialPark.

For questions or concerns about the project, contact Project Manager Jeff Hull with the Department of Recreation & Parks’ Capital Projects, Park Planning and Construction Division at 410-313-4631 or email jhull@howardcountymd.gov.

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I love the various environmentally friendly projects happening in our county right now. Many if not most bring a smile to my face.

But I will continue to bring it back to this…the plastic bag tax vs a plastic bag ban. Will our County Council take the words of our County Executive by “Making Howard County the most environmentally friendly jurisdiction in the state and region is a goal of my administration and we ask that all of our residents adapt household practices that help us achieve a cleaner and greener future.” and actually bring forward a solution to make Howard County a leader when it comes to reducing plastic bags in our area…or will they chase the money option of a tax/fee that benefits the county and local businesses. I think we will all find out soon…and then if a tax/fee passes at the County Council level….what will our County Executive do…will he sign it or send it back…that will be a thing I watch closely.

Scott E

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