Little Tonoloway Bridge reopens in Hancock

The following notification is from the National Park Service regarding the canal crossover bridge in Hancock at Mile 124.38.

HANCOCK, Md. — Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park has replaced the bridge span at Little Tonoloway Day Use and Recreation Area and will reopen the crossing over the canal  to traffic in the afternoon on Friday, Jan. 15.  

The bridge had been closed to vehicle traffic since Nov. 2019 when engineers discovered that its beams were severely corroded during a routine inspection. The National Park Service (NPS) had been planning to replace the bridge and we worked with the Federal Highway Administration to do the work sooner than originally scheduled.  

In order to finish this project, the NPS will return to repave the bridge’s approaches when there is warmer weather. When that work happens, the Little Tonoloway Day Use and Recreation Area restrooms and picnic area will remain open, but the boat ramp will be temporarily inaccessible via vehicles.   

Image – Canal in Hancock – Level 48