The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has narrowed the potential third Chesapeake Bay bridge to three corridors, all of which originate in Anne Arundel County. Smart Growth Maryland supports the no-build option.

Support the No-Build Option: For decades the State of Maryland and local governments have made a considerable investment in smart growth – directing development to established communities, protecting cultural and historic resources, and preserving farmland and forests. Construction of a new span anywhere will create considerable development pressure. The construction of a new crossing and new access roads or major upgrades to existing roads will also hinder Maryland’s goal of achieving a 40% reduction in vehicle emissions by 2030.

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Of the three bridge options, one would be a third span at the existing location. The others are from Pasadena to Rock Hall and then to Centreville and from the Mayo Peninsula to Easton.

Preliminary Corridor Alternative Retained for Analysis Presentation Slide

A new crossing anywhere will disrupt communities, damage sensitive environmental areas, and diminish quality-of-life for residents on both sides of the Bay. The tremendous cost associated with a new bridge will divert resources from transportation projects that support sustainable development and equitable access to opportunities.

It’s time to explore alternatives to a new Bay Bridge.

As noted in The Baltimore Sun’s recent editorial, “Building nothing doesn’t mean doing nothing. It would mean investing in low-impact alternatives like ferries, rapid bus service, off-peak toll pricing and other, smarter and less costly approaches.”


Please join Smart Growth Maryland in supporting the no-build option by signing our petition, submitting written comments online, and speaking up at any of these MDTA-hosted open houses:


Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 6PM-8PM
Kent County High School
25301 Lambs Meadow Road
Worton, MD 21678

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6PM-8PM
Calvert High School
520 Fox Run Blvd
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 6PM-8PM
Middle River Middle School
800 Middle River Road
Middle River, MD 21220

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 6PM-8PM
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Pkwy
Arnold, MD 21012

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6PM-8PM
Talbot County Community Center
10028 Ocean Gateway
Easton, MD 21601

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 6PM-8PM
Kent Island High School
900 Love Point Rd, Stevensville, MD 21666

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