MCDOT Wins Michael F. Dwyer Excellence in Preservation Award

by MCS Staff

MCDOT recently won the Montgomery Preservation Incorporated (MPI) 2021 Michael F. Dwyer Award for rehabilitating and preserving the historic Montevideo Road Bridge in Poolesville. MPI is Montgomery County’s nonprofit historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting the county’s architectural heritage and historic landscapes. MPI’s Board of Directors announced the winners at an awards event held on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Kensington Armory.

The Montevideo Road bridge, constructed in 1910 across Dry Seneca Creek in Poolesville, is a one-lane Warren pony truss bridge on masonry abutments. While truss bridges were once standard in Maryland, this is the last remaining bridge of its kind in Montgomery County. It is in the National Register’s Seneca Historic District and is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Montevideo Road is designated as an Exceptional Rustic Road and the bridge is a significant feature of the road.

After a routine inspection uncovered a critical defect, MCDOT worked to repair the bridge and preserve it for future generations. MCDOT takes a systematic approach to bridge maintenance and performs routine maintenance on all 513 bridges in Montgomery County to discover, document, and correct structural vulnerabilities.

Watch the awards video here.

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