Local town renovates rusty, paint-chipped bridge to better welcome tourists

Officials say the old look didn't help attract visitors

Thurmont, Md - After nearly 30 years, a rusty, paint-chipped bridge in downtown Thurmont has gotten a makeover

The Midland Railroad Bridge that sits down the street from the town square has been repainted and now bears the Thurmont name.

The $25,000 project was contracted by a Baltimore company, and took two weeks to complete.

Officials say the bridge's former condition was not inviting for tourists, but are hopeful this new look will help.

"This is a main entrance to our town. We have our main street just over the hill so when people come in [route] 550 now they see a really nice looking bridge that says 'Thurmont' on it, they know where they are at. It's made a vast improvement," explained mayor for the town of Thurmont, John Kinnaird.

Officials say the town plans to also paint the bridge's concrete foundation.


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