State to preserve 280 feet of bridge as fishing pier


The State Highway Administration agreed yesterday to stick to its original plans and preserve 280 feet of the old Severn River Bridge as a fishing pier.

The decision ends a brouhaha over the agency's proposal to extend the pier 560 feet from Jonas Green State Park.

"I guess now they can trim the bridge down," said William Moulden, president of the Severn River Association, which opposed extending the pier more than 280 feet.

The Army Corps of Engineers, which issued a permit for 6 6TC 280-foot pier, issued a stern reminder to the state about its obligations.

The state Department of Natural Resources, which is working with the State Highway Administration and a volunteer advisory committee to design the pier, will operate the site.

One proposal offered last fall was to redeck the pier with bricks and add a gazebo and flagpole. Diane R. Evans, chairman of the Anne Arundel County Council, said money raised by selling the bricks would go into a fund to benefit the arts. Those plans were on hold until the length of the pier was decided.

"Now we will have a more concrete idea . . . for the deck of the pier," Ms. Evans said.

The old Severn River Bridge was replaced by the U.S. Naval Academy Bridge, which was dedicated in November and will be completed this spring.

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