Antietam's Burnside Bridge will remain closed all summer

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 1, 2016 9:52 AM

FILE PHOTO: This is a photo of the Burnside Bridge at the Antietam National Battlefield Park in Sharpsburg, Md. (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite)

(Sharpsburg) -- Managers of Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland say a $1.7 million restoration of the park's most photographed feature will keep it closed to visitors during the busy summer season. 

Superintendent Susan Trail says the Burnside Bridge in Sharpsburg will remain closed until at least this fall. 

Problems surfaced in January 2014 when some stones from the three-arch bridge fell into Antietam Creek.

An investigation revealed substantial deterioration and structural instability. 

Park managers had hoped to temporarily reopen the pedestrian bridge this spring and then resume work this fall. 

The 180-year-old bridge played a key role in the 1862 Battle of Antietam.

A small number of Confederates defending the critical crossing held off Union forces commanded by Major General Ambrose Burnside for several hours.

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