6-knot Speed Limit Now Being Enforced
Wakes created by speeding boats can create major hazards for bridge operations and workers. Calm river waters are essential to keeping workers and other waterway users safe.
About the Project
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is replacing the existing Nice/Middleton Bridge with a new bridge that will:
Double the vehicle capacity with four 12-foot-wide lanes, replacing the old bridge’s two 11-foot-wide lanes
Improve safety by installing a barrier-separated median between east- and westbound lanes, adding two-foot shoulders and other improvements that meet current safety standards
Eliminate lane-shifting safety issues at toll booths by replacing them with all-electronic tolling
Enable tall ships to pass beneath its 135-foot clearance
With construction underway (July 2020), the new bridge is scheduled to open in early 2023. Under MDTA’s supervision, the $463 million design-build job is being performed by Skanska, Corman and McLean (SCM), a joint venture comprised of firms with local ties.
The MDTA is self-sufficient and receives no gas tax, motor vehicle fees, or other revenue in the Transportation Trust Fund. The MDTA facilities are fully financed, operated, maintained, improved, and protected with toll revenues paid by customers using those facilities.