FEIS/ROD Announcement

The Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study: Tier 1 NEPA (Bay Crossing Study) is a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study that resulted in the identification of a Selected Corridor Alternative to address congestion at the Bay Bridge while considering financial viability and environmental responsibility.

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) followed a well-established tiered NEPA process that provides a systematic approach for advancing potential transportation improvements. The Bay Crossing Study Tier 1 NEPA included scoping; purpose and need development; corridor alternative analysis and screening; traffic and environmental analyses; and public and agency involvement.

The MDTA owns, finances, operates, and maintains the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge and conducted the Bay Crossing Study Tier 1 NEPA.

Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) Approved by FHWA

The FHWA has approved the Bay Crossing Study Tier 1 combined Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) that identifies Corridor 7 – the corridor containing the existing Bay Bridge - as the Selected Corridor Alternative.

The combined FEIS/ROD focuses on updates to the February 2021 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was available for review and comment from February 23 through May 17, 2021. The FEIS provides summaries of the more than 850 agency and public comments received and responds to substantive comments. The FEIS/ROD also provides additional information concerning the analysis of corridor alternatives and anticipated environmental effects based on public and agency input. In consideration of this information and the project record, FHWA and MDTA identified Corridor 7 as the Corridor Alternative that best meets the Tier 1 Study Purpose and Need. This document concludes the Tier 1 NEPA Process. More information on the Tiered NEPA Process can be found under the NEPA Process Tab.

The MDTA thanks everyone who participated in the Tier I NEPA process.