The Roddy Road covered bridge reopened after box truck crash


The Roddy Road covered bridge, in Thurmont, reopened  Wednesday morning.

On May 18th, the covered bridge on Roddy Road, suffered damage as the roof of a large box truck collided with the ceiling of the covered bridge. The truck’s height was thirteen feet and the bridge was labeled as eight foot six inches. Engineering Chief, of the Frederick County Office of Transportation Engineering, Jason Stitt said repairs started Tuesday and were completed by early Wednesday morning. Stitt said repairs had to be made on support beams on the ceiling and the sides of the bridge had to be repaired as well. Stitt added the bridge would have been repaired sooner but engineers were busy working on Catoctin Hollow Road.

Jimmy Rickerd, has lived on Roddy Road his entire life, he said, “I played all over that bridge every day as a child that was our recreation, we didn’t have video games and that kind of stuff so we would go down there and play on the bridge… it was a big part of my youth growing up, it really was… it was really sad to see it get destroyed like that.”

The covered bridge on Roddy Road was constructed in 1856 and is one of three historic covered bridges in Frederick County.

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