Maryland Department of Transportation— MD 261 Fishing Creek Bridge Replacement

Located in Chesapeake Beach, the Fishing Creek Bridge that runs across the Maryland 261 highway was showing signs of wear and tear and in need of replacement. Originally built in 1940, the bridge was an old structure that posed potential safety issues and only allowed 10 feet of clearance for boats. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) got to work on a $27.9 million effort to address the old bridge. Working with partners in the area, MDOT relocated the essential utilities in the area while also keeping traffic moving. Sections of the roadway were widened on the new bridge and the clearance for boats was increased. In addition, the new bridge not only addressed the existing structure, but created an overlook for pedestrians to view the bay, increasing the safety and reliability in the community for years to come.