Mount Savage bridge project delayed by 'redesign' work

A project to replace the state Route 36 bridge over Jennings Run in Mount Savage has been extended due to “a redesign of the overall project,” according to the State Highway Administration.

MOUNT SAVAGE — The $4.8-million project to replace the state Route 36 bridge over Jennings Run has been extended due to “a redesign of the overall project,” a State Highway Administration spokesman says.

“Once our crews got a good look at a 100-year-old retaining wall at the site, they discovered it needed to be replaced in order for the overall project to be successful,” said Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration spokesman Charlie Gishchlar in an email response to a Times-News inquiry about the status of the project.

Construction began in May and Route 36 was closed in Mount Savage in early June.

How soon the one-tenth-mile project is expected to be completed is not known. The original completion time frame was projected for early fall. 

“Work continues and we have alerted emergency personnel and local schools that we need to extend the duration,” Gischlar said.

In addition to the bridge replacement, the project includes work on retaining walls along Jennings Run and replacing the retaining wall that previously supported the demolished building along Old Row Road. The project also includes a new pedestrian bridge and a stone dust trail at the south end of the project.

The contractor completing the work, Charles J. Merlo Inc., of Mineral Point, Pennsylvania, is using barrels and detour signs to guide motorists through the work zone.

The SHA said 3,600 cars used the Main Street section of Route 36 daily.

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