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Cambridge Considers Drawbridge Scheduling and Other Alternatives

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- On Monday, the Cambridge City Council held an informational hearing to gather opinions about whether or not the Maryland Avenue drawbridge should go on a schedule.

Traffic at the bridge is a common sight in Cambridge, and Commissioner Gage Thomas says it has many in the town grumbling for a change.  He says both the slow mechanics of the bridge, and the numerous openings in the summer months, can jam up roads going in and out of town.

Tricia Blake says several years ago, she used to use Trenton Street to avoid the bridge when it was open.

"Oftentimes I used to use Trenton as a throughway, but I don't have that option.  And I feel like that was part of the problem in making this the main way through town." Blake said.

She can't use it anymore because a section of the street is now a closed off gated community. 

"If people saw the lights flashing, or the arms coming down to close the bridge, they would simply take a left and get to town that way." said Commissioner Thomas.

The bridge opened 192 times in December according to the SHA, and opens well above 1,000 times a month during the summer.  While some are calling for the schedule, watermen like Ben Parks who work in Cambridge Creek, say it would be bad for business. 

"They (Drivers) got more than one way to get out of Cambridge..  We've got people who need to get in here with perishable seafood and different things."  said Parks, who tells WBOC that on hot summer days, much of the watermen's catch can spoil if they are waiting for the bridge.

Another alternative proposed is a light at Dorchester Avenue, advising drivers when the bridge is open, and showing them a way to detour around.

Commissioner Thomas reiterated that he is not proposing any specific schedule, and that the city is simply taking public input for the next 30 days before a decision on what to do, if anything, is made.

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