A study that has already cost $5 million is moving ahead to look at the feasibility of easing the traffic flow across the Chesapeake Bay including another bridge.

WBOC reports that the Maryland Transportation Authority says the location for such a span ranges from Harford County down to Somerset County.

There is also the possibility of expanding the existing bridge which would save some money.

Other options include tunnels and ferries.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Transportation officials in Maryland plan to move flammable materials stored under bridges after a raging fire caused part of a busy interstate to collapse in downtown Atlanta.

The Maryland Department of Transportation said in a news release Tuesday that the agency is identifying any similar material stored under a state-owned bridge for relocation.

Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn says in a statement that officials are determined to prevent what happened in Atlanta last week from happening in Maryland.

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Harrington is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew.

This time a bridge west of the town has been closed on Vernon Road due to a sink hole that is a result of heavy flooding.

It located between Prospect Church and Fox Hunter Roads.

Gray Layton with the Delaware Department of Transportation told WBOC that it is not clear when the bridge will be open again.

Motorists are urged to use alternate routes around the bridge.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland transportation officials say the Chesapeake Bay Bridge should be able to handle traffic for another half century.

Officials said Thursday that a bridge life cycle cost analysis has confirmed that the twin spans of the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge are in satisfactory condition and, with anticipated preservation and maintenance, can be maintained safely through 2065.

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Senator Tom Carper was one of the few who voted against the $305 billion transportation bill calling it “deeply flawed.”

The Delaware Democrat charged that the measure fails to fix the broken Highway Trust Fund which provides money for transportation infrastructure.

The legislation provides funding over the next five years for bridges, highways and mass transit.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Carper said while the bill funds some worthwhile projects…its filled with “a grab bag of budget gimmicks” that will actually increase the federal budget deficit.

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The I-495 bridge over Terminal Avenue in Wilmington will experience lane closures for nearly a month to replace a connector provides more flexibility to the span.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the northbound right lane will be shut down beginning today for the next two weeks.

After that the two left lanes will be closed for another two weeks.

Only one northbound lane will be left open.

And, the on-ramp will also be closed off until the work has been completed.

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The Delaware Department of Transportation is seeking to get some of the $43 million it spent to repair the I-495 bridge back from those response for the damage to the pilings.

DelDOT officials say that the Alma Properties LLC, Port Contractors and owners of Keogh Contracting will be the main subjects of the financial recovery effort.

In early June state official closed the I-495 Bridge over the Christina River because they had discovered that the span was tilting as a result of the pilings underneath.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The State Highway Administration will begin repairs next month on the U.S. 50 bridge in Ocean City.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Transportation officials say the damaged piers beneath the reopened Interstate 495 bridge are being dismantled and removed.

The Department of Transportation says the four piers beneath the bridge over the Christina River no longer support the weight of the bridge. Spokesman Gregory Layton says the bridge is resting on a stronger subsurface foundation and temporary steels towers and header beams.

The removal process involves sawing the piers into sections of concrete, then lowering the sections to the ground. New piers will be erected.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President Barack Obama traveled to Wilmington on Thursday and announced a new program to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads, bridges and highways around the nation.

The new program is designed to encourage collaboration between state and local governments and private-sector investors, expand the market for public-private partnerships and make greater use of federal credit programs.

Obama argued that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge to other countries that spend freely on infrastructure upgrades.