Third longest bridge in the world composed of 123 spans, 4.35 miles over water. Overall length 7.727 miles. Length of suspension spans, 2,922 1/2 feet. Roadway, 198 1/2 feet above Chesapeake Bay at highest point. Cost, $45,000.000.
This card is postmarked in 1958 with a 2 cent Jefferson stamp.
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The Baltimore-Annapolis Washington region is linked to the eastern shore of Maryland by the five mile dual Chesapeake Bay Bridge, with the longest steel spans over salt water in the world. Over 200 feet at its highest point, the first span was completed in 1952 and the second added in 1973.
Photo: David Harp
This one is postmarked in 2002 with first-class flag stamp.
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In December 2004, a study concluded that traffic across the bridge was expected to increase by 40% by 2025. The following year, a task force formed by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich met to again explore the possibility of establishing a new Chesapeake Bay crossing. The task force concluded that a bridge would be the best option for an additional crossing, and four geographic locations for such a bridge were explored. However in late 2006, the task force released a report on the study but did not make a final recommendation; members of the task force requested additional time to continue the study.