The Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study: Tier 1 NEPA (Bay Crossing Study) is a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study that will result in the identification of a preferred corridor alternative to address congestion at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and evaluation of its financial feasibility. The Bay Crossing Study will evaluate current and future traffic demand across the Chesapeake Bay.

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) owns, finances, operates, and maintains the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge and is conducting the $5 million Bay Crossing Study.

Study Area

The study area is a broad geographic area that includes the entire length of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, spanning approximately 100 miles from the northern end near Havre de Grace to the southern border with Virginia between St. Mary’s and Somerset Counties.

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Upcoming Meeting

This fall, the MDTA will host a Public Scoping Meeting for the Bay Crossing Study. The meeting will allow the public to provide comments on the study’s Purpose and Need, methodology, geographic area of review, potential range of corridors and issues that will be considered in the NEPA Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

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