MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will open the new MD 6 (New Market Turner Road) Bridge over Persimmon Creek in St. Mary’s County today. This $2.5 million bridge replaces the previous structure that Tropical Storm Isaias destroyed last summer. Crews will open the bridge to traffic at 1 pm.

The new two-lane MD 6 bridge has a longer span, extending 55 feet and includes shoulders. MDOT SHA’s contractor Concrete General, Inc. of Gaithersburg, completed the work, which added additional scour protections and steel pilings to extend the structure’s service life.

The original two-lane bridge was built in 1932. On August 4, 2020, flooding associated with Tropical Storm Isaias compromised the stability of the bridge and the adjacent roadway, resulting in its closure. 

MDOT SHA works to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews and our customers. Drivers are reminded to stay alert, focus on driving and look for reduced speed limits, as well as other driving pattern changes. 

For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.maryland.gov. Customers with questions may contact the MDOT SHA District 5 Office at 410-841-1000 or toll-free at 1-800-331-5603