The draft options for the next Chesapeake Bay crossing have been released by the Maryland Transportation Authority and the Federal Highway Administration.
Currently, more than 70,000 vehicles per day take Routes 50 and 301 across the two spans of the Gov. William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge — which links Sandy Point on the Western Shore with Kent Island on the Eastern Shore. Those spans, built in 1952 and 1973, are expected to remain structurally sound for another 50 years. But if traffic levels grow as projected they could see daily 13-mile backups as soon as 2040, according to the MTA.
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