MOUNT SAVAGE — The bridge replacement project on state Route 36 at Jennings Run in Mount Savage has met with an unexpected delay.
"The original design for the project was counting on an existing retaining wall to be a part of the overall project,” Maryland State Highway Administration spokesman Charlie Gischlar said.
"Once crews got in there and began taking down the old bridge, it became apparent that the wall needed to be replaced as well,” he said.
As a result, SHA is in the process of performing a slight redesign for a new retaining wall, as well as awaiting permits for the remainder of the project.
"This has put the project a little behind with a new road opening date on mid-fall and total project completion in early-2020,” Gischlar said. The SHA is expecting crews to continue work, once the wall design and subsequent permits are issued.
“So you will once again see a flurry of activity at that location,” Gischlar said.
SHA has notified local stakeholders of the delay, which will help reduce work-related congestion as the new school year approaches.
The $4.8-million project is 30% complete. The contractor for the project is Charles J. Merlo Inc, of Mineral Point, Pennsylvania.
An estimated 3,600 cars use the section of Route 36 every day, according to the SHA.