The original bridge was built in the 1920s and has reached the end of its service life. (MDOT SHA photo)


The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) reported that construction of the Hutton Road (MD Highway 39) bridge over the Youghiogheny River in the town of Crellin has surpassed the 60 percent mark, with full completion expected by the end of the year.

The project is part of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2015 Investments in Highways and Bridges initiative.

In Crellin, traffic has been switched over to the new bridge, and crews are working on removing the original structure.

MDOT SHA’s contractor for the project is Charles J. Merlo of Mineral Point, Pa. The company’s crew began work at the crossing, in far western Maryland just a mile from the West Virginia border, in March 2020.

The $10 million project was planned to be accomplished in two stages.

According to Shanteé Felix, assistant media relations manager of the state transportation agency, the first portion of the work was estimated at $1.1 million and included prep work such as sewer line relocation and building drainage and storm-water management structures.