Here's where Maryland's next bridge across the Chesapeake Bay could start and end

A new bridge over the Chesapeake Bay could begin on the Western Shore anywhere between Harford County and St. Mary’s County, according to maps of potential new bridges created by the Maryland Transportation Authority and the Federal Highway Administration.

The maps, part of the Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study, show options for bridge sites spanning either side of the Chesapeake Bay. On the bay’s Western Shore, two potential sites begin in Harford County; three are in Baltimore County; five are in Anne Arundel County — including a span alongside the existing bridge; three sit in Calvert County; and one is in St. Mary’s County.

On the Eastern Shore, a bridge could cross through or land in Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester or Somerset counties.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the $5 million environmental impact study in 2016 to weigh possible new locations for a third Chesapeake Bay crossing. Results of the study, the first conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act, are expected to be released next year.

John Sales, a spokesman for the MdTA, said in an email the maps being circulated are “pre-decisional.”

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