Bay Bridge Safety Discussed

State lawmakers and safety specialists met to discuss safety associated with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. At issue is the safety of the span and the possibility of a third bridge being built. Experts discovered the bridge’s serious corrosion after a tractor-trailer crash. Republican Senator E.J. Pipkin grilled transportation heads on the agency’s inspection process and wants an independent team to examine the span using new technology. State safety officials claim they inspect the bridge yearly by hand and visually. The senator favors a study to see if a third span is needed, but some cost estimates for a study run as high as $35-million. The governor has stated that a new span is not currently under consideration.

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