Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge

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Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge
2013-05-07 17 02 27 View southbound along I-95 just north of the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge.jpg
Southbound I-95 just before crossing over the Susquehanna River
Coordinates 39°34′52″N 76°06′14″W / 39.58111°N 76.10389°W / 39.58111; -76.10389Coordinates: 39°34′52″N 76°06′14″W / 39.58111°N 76.10389°W / 39.58111; -76.10389
Carries 6 lanes of I-95
Crosses Susquehanna River
Locale Havre de Grace, Maryland and Perryville, Maryland
Official name The Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge
Other name(s) Tydings Bridge
Maintained by Maryland Transportation Authority
ID number 300000H-X907010
Design Steel Truss – Deck
Total length 1,542.6 metres (5,061 ft)
Width 25 metres (82 ft)
Clearance below 27.4 metres (90 ft)
Opened 1963; 53 years ago (1963)
Daily traffic 74275 (in 2001)
Toll $8.00 (northbound) (Maryland E-ZPass $6.00[1])

The Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge carries Interstate 95 (I-95) over the Susquehanna River between Cecil County and Harford County, Maryland. The toll bridge carries 29 million vehicles annually.[2] It is upstream from the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge, which carries the parallel U.S. Route 40 (US 40).

The bridge is named for Millard Tydings (1890–1961), a longtime political figure in Maryland and a U.S. Senator from 1927–1951. It was built between January 1962 and November 1963 between bluffs high above the river valley, and is posted with warning signs "Subject to Crosswinds." It was dedicated, along with the highway it carries, by John F. Kennedy on November 14, eight days before the U.S. president was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The next year, the highway was renamed the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway.

It is one of eight toll facilities operated by the Maryland Transportation Authority. The toll, levied on northbound traffic only, is $8.00 for two-axle vehicles as of July 1, 2013; larger vehicles pay another $8 per additional axle.

The bridge was closed during Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012, perhaps the first time it was ever shut down.[3]


  1. ^ ""MdTA Toll Rates: John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway". Maryland Transportation Authority. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ Maryland Transportation Authority
  3. ^ "Md. governor: Bay Bridge closing to traffic". AP via SFGate. October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 

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