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Bay Bridge Study May Lead to Third Span

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STEVENSVILLE, Md.- The beach season is here, which means it is another daunting season of Chesapeake Bay Bridge traffic.

"I don't think it's acceptable for people have to wait the time, length of time they do, on the Bay Bridge," said Ruth Bardimen, of Stevensville.

The Maryland Transportation Authority has launched a new study to determine if expanding the bridge is necessary. One of the ideas under consideration would be the construction of a third span.

Bardimen said that is a no-brainer.

"You have all of these lanes coming down into two lanes, which is ridiculous," said Bardimen.

JR Miles said his usual travel times more than doubles in the summer time.

"It's only a half hour drive, but huh just to get home, sometimes it will take three hours," said Miles.

Drivers are saying enough is enough.

"It's time to stop talking I guess, and see what they're going to do," said Miles.

Some people said they are rethinking their summer vacations because of the stop and go traffic on the Bay Bridge.

Traffic is so bad, Billy Joyce, of Stevensville, is cutting back on trips to the beach.

"I think less people will go to Ocean City because of the traffic," said Joyce. "I know I was supposed to go, I had a free place to stay and free food but I wouldn't. I didn't feel like dealing with the traffic."

Drivers hope lawmakers step on the gas when it comes to expanding this bridge, but until then drivers say they will leave early to beat traffic.

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