The Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study: Tier 1 NEPA (Bay Crossing Study) is a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study that resulted in the identification of a Selected Corridor Alternative to address congestion at the Bay Bridge while considering financial viability and environmental responsibility.
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) followed a well-established tiered NEPA process that provides a systematic approach for advancing potential transportation improvements. The Bay Crossing Study Tier 1 NEPA included scoping; purpose and need development; corridor alternative analysis and screening; traffic and environmental analyses; and public and agency involvement.
The MDTA owns, finances, operates, and maintains the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge and conducted the Bay Crossing Study Tier 1 NEPA.
Bay Crossing Study Tier 2 NEPA Launches!