Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) planned to announce on Friday a $50 million commitment to replace the Dover Bridge, an 81-year-old swing-span structure on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that has become a symbol of the state’s inability to fund its transportation needs.
The existing bridge across the Choptank River just outside Easton has long been prone to mechanical malfunctions, resulting in colossal traffic backups. Despite strong support for replacing the bridge among local lawmakers, the project stalled under O’Malley and two previous governors.
“I’ve been fighting for a new Dover Bridge since 1994,” said state Sen. Richard F. Colburn (R-Dorchester), one of several lawmakers briefed about O’Malley’s plans to move forward with a replacement. “I couldn’t be more ecstatic.”