Drivers have noticed cracks in pillars, missing bolts and what looks like wood blocks propping up the bridge, the TV station says. For the past couple months, while traveling on the portion of Joppa Road that goes under the bridge on I-695, retired SHA employee Jim Hagerty noticed problems like deep cracks in the bridge pier columns, missing bolts, bearing pads that have rusted away and wood blocks acting as shims propping up the bridge.
But SHA bridge engineer Rod Thornton disagrees with Hagerty's assessment.
"This bridge is structurally sound. There are no conditions that we are concerned with. We have a very aggressive inspection program. We inspect every bridge in the state on a two-year cycle," Thornton told the station.