WILLIAMSPORT - The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to replace the Md. 63 bridge over the CSX railroad near Williamsport in 2011.
SHA representatives held an informal public meeting on the plan Thursday at Springfield Middle School. The public was invited to ask questions.
The bridge near the I-70/81 Industrial Park was built in 1959, according to SHA.
Glenn Vaughan, the chief of SHA's bridge design division, said the bridge is rated a 4 on a scale of 1 to 9. Anything less than 5 indicates that a bridge needs to be repaired or replaced.
"It's reaching the end of its useful life," he said.
SHA is estimating the project would take about 10 weeks.
Construction is scheduled to start in June 2011, after school lets out.
The suggested detour will send drivers along U.S. 11, Interstate 81 and Interstate 70, adding a few extra miles.
Vaughan said a traffic consultant has determined that the alternative route won't create gridlock.