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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A multimillion-dollar bridge expansion project is slated to be completed by Memorial Day, just in time to accommodate summer beach traffic.

Maryland State Highway Administration head Greg Slater told WTOP-FM on Tuesday that the Severn River Bridge project is on track, and the space separating the east and west lanes are currently being fused together, with the intent of making two bridges one.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the Annapolis bridge’s expansion in August, saying the bridge often experiences serious bottlenecks, especially in summer months when people are trying to reach the Eastern Shore.

The $22.8 million project includes adding an eastbound U.S. 50 bridge lane by shifting the existing median and restriping to provide seven through-travel lanes.

An average of 126,000 vehicles uses that section of U.S. 50 each day.


Information from: WTOP-FM,