Habitat and Ecosystem Conservation,  Maryland,  Quality of Life Benefits of Transportation

MD 273 over Big Elk Creek

Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration is supporting public access to a local state natural resource management area through a program to update poorly rated state bridges.

Complete replacement of the MD 273 bridge over Big Elk Creek is part of Governor Larry Hogan’s promise to address all poorly rated bridges on the state system.  This is one of numerous projects continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This bridge spans heavily used trails in the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in northeastern Cecil County and the project includes reconstruction of the popular carriage trail under the bridge. MDOT SHA is working closely with the Department of Natural Resources to coordinate work phases and communicate trail impacts with park users. This $10 million bridge replacement project is on schedule for completion by spring 2021.

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