ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The latest report examining how to reduce congestion on the Bay Bridge has eliminated all but three of the 14 alternatives from consideration, the Maryland Transportation Authority said.

The 14 routes originally being considered explored additional bay crossings from as far north as Aberdeen and as far south as Lexington Park to Princess Anne.

The report found only three alternatives, two of which would be built close to the existing bridge and one of which would involve building a third span of the Bay Bridge, would reduce traffic on the current bridge enough to be considered.


Adding a third span would reduce traffic the most and have fewer negative environmental impacts, the report concluded.

The northernmost route under consideration would run roughly from Pasadena to Centreville, tying in with Route 100, while the southern route would extend from Route 50 south of Crofton back to Route 50 north of Easton, passing St. Michaels to the north.

Last year, members of the public who took part in open houses about the expansion strongly favored adding a third span to the existing bridge.

More public meetings on the three corridors and a no-build option will be held this fall, the MDTA said.

Read the full report here.

CBS Baltimore Staff

  1. P. Taylor says:

    If they had been smart and forward thinking, they would have built the second bridge so that another level could have been added to it at a later date, which would be cheaper than building a 3rd bridge now.

    Since the backups extend east bound well AFTER the bridge practically all the way to OC, adding another bridge will only do so much if Rt 50 remains the same. 50 already backs up beyond Annapolis, in fact it backs up most every day just from regular non beach traffic

    Have they ever thought of the feasibility of enlarging the airport in OC so that bigger planes could land there and people rent cars of take shuttles to hotels? I’d sure pay to fly and avoid all that traffic!

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