Severn River Bridge

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Severn River Bridge
Carries Six lanes of US 50 / US 301 / MD 2
Crosses Severn River
Locale Annapolis, Maryland
Official name Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge
Other name(s) Severn River Bridge
Maintained by Maryland State Highway Administration
Characteristics
Clearance above 80 Feet Vertical, 134 Feet Horizontal [1]
History
Opened 1953; 64 years ago (1953)[2]
Statistics
Daily traffic 115,000[2]

The Severn River Bridge, officially known as the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, is a bridge that crosses the Severn River northwest of the city limits of Annapolis, Maryland. The bridge serves as part of the John Hanson Highway, which is signed as U.S. Route 50 (US 50) and U.S. Route 301 (US 301). Maryland Route 2 (MD 2) also traverses the bridge, but no MD 2 signs exist along the section of highway the route traverses. MD 2 separates from US 50/301 east of the bridge and becomes Governor Ritchie Highway, and to the west of the bridge it leaves the highway along Solomons Island Road. The bridge serves as the main connection between Annapolis and points east, including the Eastern Shore via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge; however, unlike the rest of US 50/301 in the area, the bridge lacks shoulders and is often a point of traffic congestion and numerous accidents.

History[edit]

The first road bridge across the Severn River was a drawbridge built in the late 1920s. The bridge served as part of MD 2 and later US 50 after the later route was extended across the Chesapeake Bay. (This original bridge was replaced with the current Naval Academy Bridge in 1994.) When the John Hanson Highway was built, the current Severn River Bridge was built to carry it across the river. Originally, the bridge carried only four lanes, but was later expanded to six when the surrounding parts of the highway were upgraded, leaving the bridge with no shoulders and a high accident rate.[3] The Severn River Bridge was officially renamed the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in December 2006 in honor of the 65th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Coordinates: 39°0′23″N 76°30′12.75″W / 39.00639°N 76.5035417°W / 39.00639; -76.5035417