Chesapeake Bay Bridge
(Governor William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge)
Traffic Capacity (both spans) : 1,500 vehicles per lane, per hour
1952: 1.1 million vehicles each year
1961: 1.5 million vehicles each year
1996: 20.5 million vehicles each year
Construction Start Dates
Eastbound span: November 1949
Westbound span: May 1969
Eastbound span:July 30, 1952
Westbound span: June 28, 1973
Eastbound span: $45 million
Westbound span: $148 million
Location : Two-span bridge between Sandy Point and Stevensville, Maryland
Overall Lengths :
Shore to shore including causeway: 4.35 miles (eastbound); 4.33 miles (westbound)
Bridge structure: 4.03 miles (eastbound); 3.99 miles (westbound)
Vertical clearance : 186'
HEIGHT of suspension bridge towers :
Eastbound span: 354'
Westbound span: 379'