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#1 Beachfish

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Posted May 23 2006 - 6:54 PM

This is just an FYI for anyone who may have an interest in what will ultimately happen concering the proposals to replace the existing Route 50 bridge into Ocean City. The MD Dept of Transportation is holding public information meetings on June 1 and 2 at the OC Convention Center on the subject.

Various options are being considered-some move the bridge close to the existing bridge, and at least one option moves it up to about 9th Street.

More info on the public meetings can be found on the MD Transportation website.

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Posted May 23 2006 - 8:03 PM

hhmm interesting. i think its a coast guard/army corp requirement that any new bridge over navigable waters be to a certain height. how do they plan to do that. there isnt room to do a proper offramp in the current location into town. it may hafta move

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Posted May 24 2006 - 6:51 PM

A friend with a condo on the second block of 9th st,off the bay is real worried about that option.I know our place is safe because their not going to go south of where it is now and mess with all those big $$ places they`ve been building there.

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Posted May 24 2006 - 7:27 PM

Hammer, I'm thinkin' you are right...the impacts to the properties close to the bridge would make the right of way costs HUGE (plus the big $ private owner/political pressure not to mess with them)...those $1,000,000.00+ lots with 1-2+ million $ houses being built at the OC Fishing Center, and all the other residential and commercial properties that would have to be bought at both ends of the bridge..hard to believe it would happen.

But stay tuned...planning a project of this magnitude there's a lot of things going on...the Feds, the State, who knows how many government agencies will be involved...I'll wager they will consider options that some of us will think are totally not doable...and I bet the environmental impacts of each option will play a big part in the final decision making process as well.

Not passing myself of as an expert on this type of thing, but since I happen to work for a trasportation agency in another state, I know a little about how these things go.

So if you think you might possibly be affected by what happens, ya might want to keep track of the decision making process.

Jus my 2 cents worth.

#5 Randy Stinchcomb

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Posted May 24 2006 - 7:32 PM

this should have been done @30 years ago typical of MD goverment of waiting till the last min to correct a problem

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Posted May 24 2006 - 8:01 PM

Reference my last post.....see what your tax dollars get you....I couldn't even spell "transportation" correctly!!!