NEWBURG, Md. – On October 12, Governor Larry Hogan[R] visited the new Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas Middleton Bridge for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the first crossing of the new bridge.

The new four-lane bridge costing $463 million, was built by a joint venture of Skansa, Corman, and McLean. The opening of this bridge is also three months ahead of schedule and on budget.

The construction of the 1.9-mile bridge began in July 2020 and opened more than 500 jobs.

The new bridge also offers a barrier-separated median to help prevent head-on collisions and four 12-foot-wide lanes. The bridge doubles the vehicle carrying capacity of its predecessor, offers all-electronic tolling, and has a climate-resilient design where the bridge is at least two feet above the 100-year flood elevation.

“We owe a special debt of gratitude to the men and women who spent more than two years building this incredible structure and who are turning it over to the people of Maryland on budget and ahead of schedule,” said Governor Hogan. “With this new bridge, together we are ensuring that Marylanders, and all those who visit our great state, benefit from a faster, safer trips and a stronger economy.”

Following his speech, Governor Hogan, along with a few others, made their way across the new bridge for the first time while riding in vehicles from the 1940s to symbolize when the original bridge was constructed. 

The line of cars ended with an electric vehicle symbolizing today and the future.

The new Nice/Middleton bridge officially opened to the public late on October 12, ahead of the previously noted open date of October 13.

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    1. WTF…lost?! No, the project was to build one bridge and that work is done. This is how it works. There will be other bridges to build in the future but not at this location.

    1. That’ll never happen, there’s nothing wrong with the current bridge, that project was scrapped 20 years ago

      1. Are you blind, the Gov Thomas Johnson Bridge is falling apart literally. Not only that it can’t handle the volume of traffic that crosses it daily.

        1. Again, numerous studies have been done on that bridge, there’s nothing wrong with it, the amount of property that would have to be purchased would be in the trillions of dollars, the bridge isn’t the problem, the traffic congestion is caused by the 235/4 traffic intersection and the traffic lights on rt4 prior to that intersection, on the Calvert side the immediate exit lane off the bridge and the on ramp cause those traffic back ups
          It’s all been studied and the information is available publicly, that bridge won’t be replaced in any of our lifetimes, maybe your grandchildren will see it when they are grandparents

    2. That bridge is half the age of the soon to be demolished old 301 bridge. Would you snooty people stop acting like you should’ve been at the head of the line?

  1. Who the heck signed off on the road surface of the new bridge? Seems rougher than the old one… and I don’t mean how they grooved it… just in general it doesn’t drive over like a new surface. Guess this is what happens when you rush to finish something 3 months early.

  2. did those that took the tolls lose their jobs? did they get laid off? do we still have the ability to hand them a handful of quarters + call it a day? Is there mention in this article about the operators\ those that take tolls? Oh, if its electronic tolling, do we have to be concerned about surveillance? yesssssss.

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