Chesapeake Bay Bridge

The Maryland Transportation Authority will hold a Bay Bridge Crossing Study open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at Kent Island High School.

STEVENSVILLE — The local date and place for the Maryland Transportation Authority’s 2019 Bay Bridge Crossing Study Open House has changed, the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners announced last week. They had asked the date be moved because it conflicted with a previously scheduled economic summit meeting with the chamber of commerce, businesses and area schools.

The new date is Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kent Island High School, according to County Administrator Todd Mohn.

This is one of six open houses planned as part of the Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study: Tier 1 NEPA (Bay Crossing Study). MDTA is inviting citizens to come learn about:

• the environmental review process for the Bay Crossing Study,

• the overall study schedule,

• public comments received to date, and

• the alternatives development, screening process and results.

The three proposed corridors include: Corridor 6 at Route 100 to Route 301 between Pasadena in Anne Arundel County, Rock Hall in Kent County, and Centreville; Corridor 7 at the existing Bay Bridge corridor at U.S. Route 50/301 between Crofton in Anne Arundel County and Queenstown; and Corridor 8 at U.S. Route 50/301 between Crofton and Easton in Talbot County.

According to MDTA findings, Corridor 7 “where the existing Bay Bridge is today, provides the most congestion relief.” All three proposed corridors dump the traffic back onto already crowded highways.

No formal presentation is planned although staff will be available to answer questions.

All meeting materials are available at www.baycrossingstudy.com.

According to MDTA, the Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study: Tier 1 NEPA (Bay Crossing Study) is a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study that will result in the identification of a preferred corridor alternative to address congestion at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and evaluation of its financial feasibility.

The MDTA and Federal Highway Administration are following a tiered NEPA process that provides a systematic approach for advancing potential transportation improvements.

The Bay Crossing Study includes scoping; purpose and need development; corridor alternative analysis and screening; traffic and environmental analyses; and public and agency involvement. Funded by toll dollars, the Bay Crossing Study Tier 1 began in 2016 and is expected to be complete in 2021.

The Maryland Transportation Authority owns, finances, operates, and maintains the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge and is conducting the $5 million Bay Crossing Study.

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