- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) - Managers of Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg say a $2 million restoration of the landmark Burnside Bridge is complete.

Superintendent Susan Trail said Friday that the 180-year-old stone structure is open to foot traffic after a 14-month closure.

Problems surfaced in January 2014 when some stones from the three-arch bridge fell into Antietam Creek. Temporary repairs were made, and an investigation revealed substantial deterioration and structural instability.

Trail says the bridge was resurfaced, and its walls were selectively rebuilt. She says every stone was put back as close as possible to its original location.

The bridge played a key role in the 1862 Battle of Antietam. A small number of Confederates defending the crossing held off Union forces commanded by Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside for several hours.

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