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A Third Bay Bridge Study Finds 14 Possible Crossing Locations

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MARYLAND - The Bay Crossing Study has been investigating how a third crossing could benefit Maryland beach traffic.

The study has now released 14 possible corridors a bridge could stretch across the Chesapeake Bay.  From as far north as Cecil County all the way down to Somerset County - a third bridge could relieve some of the congestion near the existing bridge on Kent Island. 

"It would be a game changer for the area," Owner of the Washington Inn in Princess Anne Ian Fleming said.

Fleming says he welcomes the potential for extra traffic and visitors to Somerset County.

"It would take a lot of traffic off Route 50 from the north, I think it would be fantastic," Fleming said.

But not everyone recognizes the positive benefits to a third crossing in their areas.  Some environmentalists, like Fred Pomeroy fear the potentially destructive consequences wetlands in Dorchester County could face.  

Three of the 14 options could slice through Dorchester County, specifically Cambridge and Blackwater Wildlife Refuge.

"Certainly here in Dorchester it makes no sense for a third span to be located here. It would impact probably 20 miles of wetlands and a lot of farm land," Pomeroy said. 

Pomeroy says if a third crossing is proven necessary, it should be placed near the existing bay bridges.

"To my mind it's like a five month of the year problem that could be dealth with perhaps in a more creative way," Pomeroy said. 

The Bay Crossing Study not only identified potential crossing sites, but also the impacts to those specific areas.  Issues like wetlands, farm lands and the 100-year floodplains were considered in the process. 

The study is costing the state of Maryland $5 million and should be completed by December 2020.

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