Supervisors to consider Murray’s Ford Bridge removal
The estimated cost of removing the derelict bridge over Goose Creek has skyrocketed during the past decade, increasing from $75,000 in 2000 to more than $400,000 today.
The bridge is the remnant of a concrete highway bridge that, from 1916 to 1969, spanned Goose Creek as Route 643, connecting Leesburg with the Ashburn area, according to county staff. It continues to allow debris build-up in Goose Creek.
“The bridge is jagged, it's rusty, it's dangerous. The debris can lodge free,” Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) said Feb. 6, noting that kids sometimes camp and start campfires on a nearby sandbar on Goose Creek. “The more we let this liability go on, I think the bigger price tag we're going to have behind this."
A public hearing on the fiscal 2014 budget will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the government center. If needed, the hearing will continue Thursday at 6 p.m.