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Cambridge Drawbridge Not Going To Be Scheduled

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- After weeks of discussion, the Maryland Avenue drawbridge in Cambridge will not be scheduled.  That's a good news for Gary Smith, a waterman who works out of Cambridge Creek. Smith says the drawbridge blocks the only exit to the creek, and should stay on demand to boaters.

"Drivers can work around it, but the watermen can't.  I think it's an excellent thing (to keep the bridge on demand) and I hope the issue doesn't come up again," said Smith.

One possible solution that came out of this discussion will take the form of a letter being sent to the State Highway Administration by the city council to ask for a lighted sign to be put at Maryland and Dorchester avenues.  The sign would tell drivers when the bridge is open and how to detour around it.

Gage Thomas, the commissioner who proposed scheduling, says the point of the discussion was to find the best solution for everyone.

"I think it's a public process and we represent the whole community whether it's traffic on the highways or traffic from the commercial watermen."

The city council is also eying a traffic light on Maryland and the possibility of removing it or turning it into a flashing light to aid traffic flow.

Thomas says the SHA tracks anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 openings of the bridge each month during the summer.



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