As long as Gov. Larry Hogan has committed $5 million to study the possibility of building a third bridge crossing the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Reporter columnist Michael Collins has a suggestion for where it should be built.
In a recent column, Collins identifies the four possible connections the governor’s task force is considering for a third bay bridge, and quickly dismisses two of them. Connecting Calvert County to Dorchester County or connecting Anne Arundel and Calvert counties to Talbot County would each, according to his numbers, require a bridge six to 12 miles long, all told.
Collins prefers the “historic” option: a bridge connecting Baltimore and Kent counties, originally conceived of in the early 20th century. He makes the case that the bridge could be made much smaller than the existing Bay Bridge (let alone one of the hypothetical bridges above), its small size and northern location offering aesthetic, safety, and national security advantages.
If that’s not enough for you, Collins cites 2006 findings that such a crossing would greatly reduce Bay Bridge traffic.
Collins doesn’t have much of anything to say about the fourth option, connecting Anne Arundel County to Queen Anne’s County. Otherwise, he makes an interesting case.
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