Westminster, MD, Tuesday, March 26, 2024 – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will close a portion of Maryland Route 91 in Finksburg to complete its bridge replacement project.  Detours will affect Carroll County roads, with signage on site.

The MDOT SHA recently received right-of-entry approval from the Maryland Midland Railroad and will move forward with closing the MD 91 (Emory Road) bridge over the north branch of the Patapsco River and the Maryland Midland Railroad in Finksburg on Monday, April 15th at 5 a.m. The closure is necessary to safely replace the bridge and is expected to be in place for about nine months. Traffic will be detoured using MD 30 and MD 140. Please see the graphic below. 

SHA will post the closure date and information on its website and social media pages. The contractor and project crew are currently working on public notifications and sign installation to alert motorists about the upcoming closure. This project has a webpage found here

According to MDOT, “the bridges were originally constructed in 1967, and while safe for current use, both are nearing the end of their useful service life. Replacing the bridges will save money on future maintenance spending and support safety and mobility as a part of MDOT SHA's goal of keeping Maryland's transportation system in a good state of repair.” 

More details on the MD 91 Bridge Replacement Project, including updates and contact information, can be found on the state’s Project Portal page here or https://mdot-sha-md91-brg-over-nb-patapsco-and-rr-cl1725180-maryland.hub.arcgis.com/.