CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Many Marylanders moaned and groaned when the gas tax bill passed, but for those on the Mid-Shore there is a silver lining.
"We do have major concerns about a 20 cent increase on a gallon of gas by 2016. However, the governor has assured me that we will get funding for a new Dover Bridge," said State Sen. Richard Colburn, a Republican.
Fixing the 80-year-old bridge that links Talbot and Caroline counties will cost $43 million. Colburn said that money will eventually come from gas tax revenue, but some people say they've heard this before.
"I'll believe it when I see it," said John Dodson of Easton.
Meanwhile, Colburn said plans to open a new regional hospital in Easton are now on the fast track.
"An agreement was made between Shore Health and Caroline and Queen Anne's cunties regarding major health care concerns, but the important thing is that there is no road block now that could hold up the certificate of need," Colburn said.
Welcomed news for many people like Shirley Hunter of Easton. She said a new hospital is needed now.
"I think the growth on the Eastern Shore requires a larger hospital and the one we have now is sufficient, but in the future I think we need a larger hospital," said Hunter.
With high-profile issues securing center stage in Annapolis this year, projects impacting the Eastern Shore seemed to also grab lawmakers' attention.