Breathing New Life Into Historic Casselman Bridge

The Casselman River Bridge is one of the oldest surviving bridges in the country. Located in Grantsville, Maryland, this 80 foot, stone-arch bridge was originally built in 1813 as part of the old National Road. At the time of its construction, the Cassleman River Bridge was the longest single-span bridge in the United States. Skeptics predicted that the bridge would collapse once the supporting timbers were removed - yet the bridge stood, serving as an important link to Old Route 40 from 1813 to 1933.

Although the bridge no longer carries vehicular traffic, it remains open to pedestrians and is a popular area for fly fishermen, photographers, and history enthusiasts. So when a portion of the northwest wingwall collapsed, the Maryland DNR and DGS contracted with Brayman for an emergency stabilization.

The project wasn’t going to be easy with restricted space, poor access, tough drilling and working in a Federal Park. But despite all the issues at hand, Brayman crews persevered to stabilize the bridge in time for the winter shutdown. Once the snow melted, crews headed back down to put the finishing touches on the old bridge, wrapping up just in time for its 200th birthday celebration. With any luck, the old bridge will stand for another 200 years.