In August of 2016, Gov. Larry Hogan told officials to start a federal environmental impact study for a new Chesapeake Bay bridge crossing. The study was expected to take 48 months and $5 million to complete. Officials began exploring a potential third span as traffic along the bridge has grown over the years, and is only expected to get worse. Long backups aren’t uncommon, especially during holidays. Communities near the bridge have complained of difficulties getting home during heavy traffic.