Officials from both Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s County are calling for a larger Bay Bridge as intense traffic becomes a regular issue.
In response to a growing need for congestion relief on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, both Anne Arundel County Council and Queen Anne’s County Council recently passed matching resolutions. These resolutions call for the state to upgrade the current bridge to one continuous structure with eight lanes.
“‘As the lead sponsor of the resolution, I feel confident that this is a significant moment for Anne Arundel County, a step toward traffic relief on our local roads so residents can move freely again,’ Anne Arundel County Council woman Amanda Fiedler said in a statement, adding that there is a capacity issue with ‘two existing, aging bridges.'” (WTOP News)
Both counties have vocally opposed state plans for adding a third span to the current two-span bridge or constructing a second bridge in a different location. County officials are determined to relieve congestion on both sides of the bay.