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Wed Feb 24, 2021, 04:13 PM

Officials recommend new Chesapeake bridge at existing Maryland crossing.

'Maryland transportation officials recommend building a new Chesapeake Bay bridge at the site of the existing two spans that cross between Anne Arundel County and Kent Island.

The project will cost from $5.4–$8.9 billion, depending on which construction methods are chosen. But a preliminary study concludes that the new crossing will prevent increasing traffic volumes from causing gridlock on the state’s lone connection to the Eastern Shore across the Bay.

The Maryland Transportation Authority, which operates the existing 4-mile toll bridge, released the long-awaited findings Feb. 23 in a draft “environmental impact statement.” The $5 million study had been scheduled for release in December 2020, but officials delayed the rollout amid a spike in COVID-19 cases during that month, fearing it might suppress public comment.

Many environmentalists question the need for a third crossing, saying that officials are overestimating projected traffic growth between the two halves of the state.'>>>


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