Talbot Avenue Bridge Reopens in Maryland Following Redesign

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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By Dan Reed from Silver Spring, MD – Talbot Avenue Bridge, Wikimedia Commons.

SILVER SPRINGS, Md. – The MDOT, MTA, and Purple Line partnership, and local officials commemorated the opening of the redesigned Talbot Avenue bridge.

The redesigned bridge represents a milestone in the Purple Line light rail project. According to a release from the MDOT and MTA, the design includes a “ramp, new curbs and 8-10-foot-wide sidewalks, making it safer and easier for cars and pedestrians to cross the existing CSX tracks and the parallel Purple Line below.” Nearby is Lyttonsville station which will function as one of 21 future stations along the Purple Line. Historically significant, the Talbot Avenue bridge is a wooden-decked bridge that “connects communities once divided . . . by decades of racial segregation.”

Local officials and surrounding communities in Montgomery County gathered for the celebration. MDOT Assistant Secretary Tony Bridges and MTA Administrator Holly Arnold gave remarks. Additionally, MTA’s Purple Line Senior Project Director Ray Biggs II thanked the community and construction crews, stating, “Today’s opening of the historic Talbot Avenue bridge marks 2024’s first major milestone for the Purple Line. . . The Purple Line continues to advance, at more than 60% complete, including thousands of feet of completed rail track, underground utility and stormwater management systems installed, and communications ductwork for electrical wiring and telecommunications lines well underway. We look forward to announcing more exciting milestones soon, including the arrival of the Purple Line’s 140-foot trains.”

Chief Executive Officer of Purple Line Transit Partners, the state of Maryland’s private-sector partner, Doran Bosso said, “We appreciate the community’s patience throughout the construction of the new bridge.”

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