"I thought it wasn't going to happen until 2014, 2015, so hearing that we got it down (last week) was great news," said Mayor Bruce Morrison.
Fixing the dilapidated bridge has been one of Morrison's biggest priorities since he took office.
Morrison said he's been needling state and local officials to find the money, and the joint effort worked out.
Maryland's State Highway Administration is putting $10 million toward the project, said Donnie Drewer, District 1 Engineer for SHA. Contractors will be solicited in summer 2013, and construction will begin in fall 2013.
Traffic will be rerouted to the opposite side of the road as each span of the bridge is fixed. It means SHA will have to build a temporary lane across the middle of the north and south lanes, so folks can switch from one side to the other.
Unofficially, Drewer estimated that construction should take about nine months. He said it will not affect boat traffic along the Pocomoke River.
Money for the project will come through mostly state and some federal funds, SHA officials said.
"When I read in the paper that Mayor Morrison was having some challenges with that bridge, I quickly got on the phone. I asked if I could help my constituents out, and they went right to work."