The Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study is now available for review and comment. Originally scheduled for December, release of the DEIS was delayed due to concerns with rising state COVID-19 rates and associated restrictions. In following public health guidance and to ensure adequate opportunity for the public to comment, MDTA and its federal partners at the FHWA updated the roll-out schedule. The DEIS evaluated four retained alternatives, including the No-Build Alternative and three Corridor Alternatives Retained for Analysis (CARA) that were presented to the public in the Fall of 2019. Corridor 7 has been identified as the Maryland Transportation Authority – Recommended Preferred Corridor Alternative based on analysis of a wide range of engineering and environmental factors and input received through public comments and coordination with State and federal agencies.

The MDTA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are holding Public Hearings to provide the public additional opportunities to review and comment on the DEIS, which has been prepared pursuant to the federally mandated NEPA. The Public Hearings will be made up of two components – a Public Hearing Virtual Information Room (VIR) and Live Testimony Sessions. The live testimony will consist of four call-in sessions, with two in-person opportunities also available. Each testimony session will include the opportunity to provide public and one-on-one testimony. There will be no formal presentation during the testimony sessions, and no responses to questions will be given. Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis and MDTA’s commitment to protect the public and agency members, the public is encouraged to provide public testimony through the call-in sessions.

Per Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, MDTA and FHWA have initiated consultation with the Maryland Historical Trust, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and other parties to identify historic properties within the CARA. We welcome public comments regarding historic properties and the Section 106 process during the DEIS comment period.

The MDTA will accept comments on the Bay Crossing Study Tier 1 DEIS through May 10, 2021.

Viewing Locations

Broadneck Library*
1275 Green Holly Drive
Annapolis, MD 21409
410- 222-1905

Centreville Branch
121 South Commerce Street
Centreville, Maryland 21617
410-758-0890

Chestertown Branch
Kent County Public Library
408 High Street
Chestertown, Maryland 21620
410-778-3636

Crofton Library*
1681 Riedel Road
Crofton, MD 21114
410-222-7915

Deale Library*
5940 Deale-Churchton Road
Deale, MD 20751
410-222-1925

Easton Library
100 W. Dover St.
Easton, MD 21601
410-822-1626

Edgewater Library*
25 Stepneys Lane
Edgewater, MD 21037
410-222-1538

Kent Island Branch
200 Library Circle
Stevensville, Maryland 21666
410-643-8161

Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library*
1410 West Street
Annapolis MD 21401
410-222-1750

Mountain Road Library*
4730 Mountain Road
Pasadena, MD 21122
410-222-6699

Severna Park Library*
45 West McKinsey Road
Severna Park, MD 21146
410-222-6290

St. Michaels Library
106 Fremont Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-5877

Twin Beaches Branch
3819 Harbor Road
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
410-257-2411

*By appointment only