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Possible bridge issue in Harpers Ferry

WKR from Brunswick, MD on 5/8/2022 5:20:08 PM:
My daughter and I were just turned around in Weverton while doing a local ride. The fire and rescue folks indicated a couple construction barges with excavators on them were loose on the river heading towards the bridge in Harpers Ferry. They didn't expect them to clear the bridge. They turned us around. Who knows if this will cause any significant damage but, if you're planning to ride through soon, be sure to check the status. Oh, I should also mention that the little bridge at the culvert between jefferson and brunswick is currently under water. MD464 is an alternate route but is not at all bike friendly.

John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 5/8/2022 6:13:25 PM:
I wondered if this weeks rain storm would cause havoc at Catoctin Creek (Brunswick). When that little wooden crossing went in, it was a temporary fix for when their original bridge collapsed. Hopefully the Park Service comes up with a stronger and more permanent bridge that can survive flooding and creek rises like what we just had. Hopefully they’ve secured the construction barges and there was no damage to the bridge. It would be pretty impactful if it was closed to trains and pedestrians.

Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 5/9/2022 6:36:13 AM:
Thank you very much for that update on local conditions in that area that may impact through travelers.

Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 5/10/2022 3:39:22 AM:
Building on WKR From Brunswick’s report of flooding of the temporary bridge across Catoctin Creek south of Brunswick, I saw another news report of flood-reported closures along the C&O following last week’s heavy rains at: https://wjla.com/news/local/flood-warnings-potomac-river-closing-billy-goat-trail-boat-ramps-picnic-areas-whites-ferry-edwards-ferry-rileys-lock-montgomery-county-fire-rescue While the weather looks good this week, travelers would do well to solicit trail conditions from oncoming cyclists for current conditions.

WKR from Brunswick, MD on 5/10/2022 7:29:51 PM:
Everything looks good in Harpers Ferry. I ran up there today. A little more detail on what happened: https://wtop.com/local/2022/05/construction-barge-breaks-loose-floats-down-potomac-river-near-harpers-ferry/ I may head south from brunswick tomorrow to check to see if the bridge is still under water.

RufussVa on 5/11/2022 1:09:21 PM:
The Brunswick Bridge was still under several feet or water last night. (5/10/22). Not sure how deep. The Bridge itself was not visible.