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Study cites need to widen or replace Bay Bridge, but no action expected

Study cites need to widen or replace Bay Bridge, but no action expected

The Bay Bridge will be safe for decades to come, but in the next quarter-century it will become a nightmare to drive, with miles-long backups nearly every day in the summer.

It'll be costly, too. Just maintaining the bridge at gridlock standards will cost $3.35 billion over the next 50 years — without any improvement to capacity or traffic flow.

Adding lanes would help, but that could cost as much as $6.85 billion.

Those are among the findings of a study released this week by the Maryland Transportation Authority, the latest attempt to craft a long-term vision for the transportation link that state Sen. John C. Astle calls an "impossible...

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