In time for the busy travel season, Maryland officials said yesterday that work is complete on a new lane on the Severn River Bridge, opening a bottleneck that has been the bane of shore-bound motorists.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the completion of the $23 million fourth lane Monday, boasting that the project was completed about a month ahead of schedule.

The Severn River Bridge is located just east of the larger Chesapeake Bay Bridge but has long been a chokepoint for drivers heading east to get to Ocean City and other points on the Eastern Shore.

To add a fourth lane, work crews converted an on-ramp and narrowed lanes from 12 feet to 11 feet, while also narrowing the median and shoulders.

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