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Pinkerton and Harnedsville Bridge Resurfacing - GAP Trail Closing

Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 10/29/2022 7:55:37 PM:
The GAP trail website has announced another imminent closure of a portion of the GAP Trail as described below “Somerset County will deploy contractors to completely redeck the Pinkerton Low and High Bridges and the Harnedsville Bridge as soon as all required permits are submitted, beginning as early as November 1, 2022. This $2.4 million project will require 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 will include 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 will install new concrete slabs which will last generations. Currently, Somerset County is waiting for final permit approvals, which could arrive at any time, and then contractors will get started. 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 will be completely closed to all travelers. The project area will be extremely dangerous; there will be no deck system on these bridges, each of which traverse the Casselman River, and they will be completely impassable. Additionally, there will be a steady stream of construction vehicles and heavy equipment running on this section of the trail. There will be no posted detour; please enjoy other sections of the GAP.” Note that the Mt. Savage Tunnel will be closing around early December as well although an exact date has not been announced to my knowledge.

Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 11/1/2022 6:51:56 PM:
The GAP website now reports that the Mt. Savage tunnel will close for the winter on December 1.

Bill in Houston from Houston on 11/4/2022 12:16:52 PM:
Ooooo, that's bad news regarding the Pinkerton bridges. Any kind of ridearound looks...intense.

Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 2/22/2023 12:40:13 PM:
Pinkerton, Harnedsville Bridges to be Redecked; Nine-Mile Closure An update on this closure has been posted today on the GAP website. It appears that the update is now a projected contractor's completion of this work for the end of March. If you are planning an early season trip through this section, you should monitor the GAP website for further updates since there is no detour around this work.

Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 3/23/2023 5:45:32 PM:
A reminder of this closure was posted today on the GAP website. Riders beware.

Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 3/29/2023 8:01:09 PM:
The GAP website posted an update to the subject alert today. The salient portion of the update would appear to be the following sentences therein. “Crews are currently awaiting a final delivery of materials and must resurface sections of the GAP that have been rutted with vehicular traffic. They are now aiming for early or mid-April depending on weather.” This update provides a new estimate for completion of the work and reopening of the trail. Note that often such resurfacing of the trail results in a softer surface early on especially after rains until the trail is more compacted by use. Time will tell.

Matt Walker from Frederick on 4/25/2023 10:00:34 AM:
I have a group ride scheduled to go through this area of the GAP on Friday, May 5th. Any updates on if it is open yet? Has anyone ridden on rt 281 from Confluence to Markleton as a detour?

Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 4/25/2023 2:34:24 PM:
As of this moment, the GAP website still indicates it is closed. I have not ridden the detour you are considering.