Replacement Announced for 80 Year Old Dover Bridge - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Replacement Announced for 80 Year Old Dover Bridge

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TALBOT CO., Md. - After years of lobbying and fear of potentially dangerous conditions, Friday, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced the construction of a $50 million plan to replace the 80 year-old Dover Bridge.

"Oh, this is critical.  This is our inter-county connector," says Maryland State Delegate Addie Eckardt.

Before a crowd of local legislatures, and residents, Gov. O'Malley said "this bridge was fine back in the Hoover years, but she's outlived her useful life."

The new structure will be more than 20, 000 feet long, have two, 12 foot lanes, 8 foot shoulders, and sit 48 feet above the water.

The old Dover bridge is going to stay right where it is, but the new one will be built here, beside it.  Folks are glad it will not only be wider and higher off the water.  Most importantly, it will be more safe.

Construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2014, and is expected to take three years.  The existing Dover bridge is one of only three remaining single swing span bridges in the state, and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, which is why it's not being demolished.

 

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