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Bay crossing maps prematurely surface to reveal Calvert options

Date Posted: 2019-02-12
Source: SOMD News

A series of draft maps from the Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study, to determine where an additional bridge should be built to connect Maryland’s eastern and western shores, surfaced on social media and the internet last week.

The maps identify 14 preferred corridors as alternatives to ease the congestion at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which spans from Anne Arundel County to Queen Anne County on U.S. 50. Four of the alternatives are in Calvert County and one is in St. Mary’s.

“We are aware of some maps being circulated on social media. The MDTA is not the source of the information. The pre-decisional maps that are part of the Bay Bridge Tier 1 NEPA process are just that, pre-decisional,” Maryland Transportation Authority spokesman John Sales wrote in an email in response to a call from The Calvert Recorder requesting the official maps.

MDTA owns and operates the Bay Bridge and is conducting the $5 million crossing study. Sales said MDTA is working toward formal presentations of the proposed alternatives, which are scheduled for sometime this spring.

Keep Calvert Country, a smart growth advocacy group, obtained copies of the draft pre-decisional maps, with MDTA and Federal Highway Administration logos, and posted them to its website.

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