Chesapeake Bay Bridge

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Prospects for another span to alleviate the traffic jams on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is running behind schedule.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the $5 million study to examine the feasibility of such a span could hit a funding problem.

The paper reports that the Maryland Transportation Authority had hoped to have a preliminary draft by the end of this month.

But now that has been postponed until the end of October.

That means the list of alternative routes will not be unveiled until the end of the year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - New figures from Maryland transportation officials say Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to slash toll rates didn't have much impact on the state's bottom line.

The Maryland Department of Transportation says the state collected just $5.1 million less from tolls in 2016 than it did the previous year.

Hogan, a Republican, cut toll rates around the state in 2015, calling it needed tax relief.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Bay Bridge had the biggest drop in toll revenue, collecting $28.1 million less in 2016 than in 2015.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has announced a $5 million study to explore a potential new Chesapeake Bay crossing.

Hogan said Tuesday the Maryland Transportation Authority Board voted last week for the Tier 1 National Environmental Policy Act study.

The study will begin this fall and take up to four years to finish. It will identify the location of a crossing and possible funding options.

The study will involve issues ranging from traffic and engineering to environmental questions and potential costs.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials in Maryland are warning motorists to expect increased weekend traffic at the Bay Bridge because of a festival in Ocean City.

Ocean City's Springfest began Thursday and continues through Sunday.

As a result, officials with the Maryland Transportation Authority are encouraging motorists to travel at off-peak hours. MDTA says it will monitor traffic conditions throughout the weekend and, weather permitting, open one lane of the westbound Bay Bridge span to eastbound traffic.

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21 year-old Randy Drake Thrower of Queenstown was killed during a Saturday morning accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was one of four people in a 2011 Mazda that hit a Freightliner truck on the east bound span.

In addition, a woman in the Mazda was taken to the Shock Trauma in Baltimore for serious injuries and is reported to be in stable condition.

The Daily Times reports that another man and woman were taken to the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Both had non-life threatening injuries and were released on Sunday. 

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A third Bay bridge took another step today.

The Maryland Senate has given the okay to fund a study of another span across the waters.

State Senator Jim Mathias told the Salisbury Daily Times that the vote was 40-to-4.

The measure would fund an environmental impact study and require the Maryland Transportation Authority to put aside specific money for it.

The vote comes after a study by the agency warned that the Bay Bridge could see backups of 14 miles if it is not widened by 2040.

The measure now goes to the House of Delegates.

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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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SANDY POINT, Md. (AP) - Authorities say the eastbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is closed after a two-vehicle crash involving an overturned truck.
 
Video from a traffic camera on the bridge Friday morning showed the rear of the truck hanging over the side of the bridge with a line of cars and trucks stretching out behind it on the span. Emergency workers are on the scene, but the Anne Arundel County Fire Department tweets that no injuries are reported.
 

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Get ready for Sunfest traffic.

From Thursday through Sunday on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is to be heavier than normal.

The Maryland Transportation Authority has issued an advisory and it says it will open up an extra lane on the west bound span for those going to Ocean City weather permitting.

WBOC reports that the state agency says that the best times to travel is before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

On Saturday state officials say its best to leave before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m

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State Senator Jim Mathias says he’d like to see a third span across the Chesapeake Bay.

During a recent meeting in Wicomico County the Maryland Democrat said that he believes this would ease the congestion on the current two spans.

WBOC found that Maryland state officials say that last year around 25.6 million cars crossed the bridge last year.

There was a proposal for a ferry to cross the bay with a landing cite in Crisfield

But that was scrapped after a study of project.

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