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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The fourth eastbound lane of the US 50 Severn River Bridge is officially open for travel! What does this mean for your commute? Check out the new configuration below. VJ #MDOTNews #MDisOpenforBusiness pic.twitter.com/Y2OIkKDULN— MD State Highway Adm (@MDSHA) April 30, 2018
. @GovHogan announces that four lanes of the EB Severn River Bridge are now open for travel, one month early. The $22.8 million project was Anne Arundel County's #2 Project and was completed in just eight months, one month ahead of schedule. VJ #MDOT #MDisOpenforBusiness pic.twitter.com/wrIhbvXPP3— MD State Highway Adm (@MDSHA) April 30, 2018