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Casselman River Bridge Closed To Pedestrians

DNR restricts access to the bridge and the immediate area

Maryland State Park's Casselman River Bridge (circa 1813) closed due to damage.

Grantsville, Md. (March 6, 2012) —The Maryland Park Service (MPS) has restricted access on and around the Casselman River Bridge in Grantsville, Maryland until further notice because of safety concerns related to the failure of a portion of one wall. MPS installed fencing and signs to prevent public access to the bridge and the surrounding area.

“The closure is a precautionary measure in response to structural deterioration along the west wall of the bridge,” said Jordan Loran, Director of the Engineering and Construction unit of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “While the structure appears to be relatively stable at this time, there is some danger that stones may continue to fall.”

Engineers conducted a thorough inspection of the bridge last week and determined that the damage is repairable. MPS remains committed to preserving and protecting this historic landmark and will begin the necessary repairs as soon as possible.

The Casselman River Bridge is one of the oldest surviving bridges in the country. This 80-foot, stone-arch bridge was originally built in 1813 as part of the old National Road. At the time of its construction, the Cassleman River Bridge was the longest single-span bridge in the United States. The bridge served as an important transportation link until 1933, when a new steel bridge was built nearby. The bridge was closed to vehicles in 1953 and the area became established as a State Park in 1957.

The bridge was restored in the 1950’s and additional maintenance occurred in 1979, 1996, and 2002. Today, the Casselman River Bridge is listed as a National Historic Landmark, and serves as a picturesque relic of Maryland’s early transportation history.


   March 6, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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