Gov. Larry Hogan, during an announcement in Queen Anne’s County earlier today, committed the state to start the next step in building a new crossing of the Chesapeake Bay. The term-limited Republican Governor says he’s using federal infrastructure cash to launch the costly study of expanding capacity at the existing Bay Bridge site. The $28 million study could take five years. It could include recommending either a third span, a tunnel, a ferry, or something else to the existing spans of the bridge. The study reportedly will also evaluate what happens to traffic and the environment if the state did nothing at all.
Hogan leaving office in January. The governor is term-limited. He cannot run for governor again, and that means that the next governor will have to decide the next steps for the Chesapeake Bay expansion project. Currently, backups snarl traffic on both sides of the span.