MD 42 sign

MD 42 sign

​New Span to Improve Motorist Safety; Expected to Open in 2025 

(May 17, 2024) - The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is beginning construction next week on a $7.7 million replacement of the MD 42 (Friendsville Road) bridge over Buffalo Run near the town of Friendsville in Garrett County. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed in 2025. 

Originally constructed in 1933, the bridge is safe for the traveling public but is nearing the end of its useful service life. In addition to removing and replacing the existing bridge, the project will:

  • build a temporary bridge for use by motorists during construction;
  • reconstruct approximately 130 feet of roadway approaching the new bridge;
  • upgrade the traffic barrier and drainage;
  • resurface the pavement and
  • upgrade signage, landscaping and pavement markings.

A temporary signal has been installed to alternate traffic through a single lane while crews build the temporary bridge. Installation of the temporary bridge will require a detour (see map). The State Highway Administration will provide advanced notice of the bridge closure, including details of the start date and detour route.

MD 42 bridge replacement project detour map
MD 42 bridge replacement project detour map

During construction, the temporary traffic signal will remain in place to guide vehicles across the temporary bridge. Contractor Charles J. Merlo Inc., of Mineral Point, Pa., will perform the work. Learn more about the project here

The State Highway Administration appreciates customers’ patience during construction as we work to improve Maryland’s transportation system. Drivers are asked to stay alert, stay focused and be aware of reduced speed limits and changing driving patterns in the work zone. Slow down and move over in work zones. It’s the law. 

​Motorists in need may dial #77 on their mobile devices for roadside assistance.  

For a list of all major State Highway Administration projects, go to Project Portal, or visit the homepage at roa​ds.maryland.​gov. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.mary​