Somerset County has deployed contractors to completely redeck the Pinkerton Low and High Bridges and the Harnedsville Bridge. Work commenced on November 8, 2022. This $2.4 million project has required closing the Great Allegheny Passage to all travelers between the parking areas at Markleton (mile marker 50) and Harnedsville (mile marker 59) for approximately two months, depending on the severity of winter weather.
This major rehabilitation project includes removing the entire wooden decking systems of all three bridges, including the aging railroad ties once installed by the Western Maryland Railway, since the decking and ties are nearing the end of their useful lives. Contractors are installing new concrete slabs which will last generations. We are hopeful that the project can be completed over the winter so that this nine-mile section can reopen as soon as possible in the spring of 2023.
Please note that this section of the GAP is completely closed to all travelers. The project area is extremely dangerous; there is no deck system on these bridges, each of which traverse the Casselman River, and they are completely impassable. Additionally, there is a steady stream of construction vehicles and heavy equipment running on this section of the trail. There is no posted detour; please enjoy other sections of the GAP.
You may wish to consult an outfitter regarding shuttle-for-hire services. Examples include the following: Bill”s Car Service, WheelzUp Adventures, Maple Leaf Outfitters, Wilderness Voyageurs, or Yoder’s Guest House.