Transportation History

July 30, 1952

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which connects the Eastern Shore of Maryland with the state’s Western Shore, was opened to traffic. At the time of its debut, this bridge — with the original span measuring 4.3 miles (6.9 kilometers) in length from shore to shore — was the world’s longest continuous steel structure entirely over water. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge also began its existence as the third longest bridge overall.

Thousands of people were on hand for the grand opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and those festivities included  airplanes flying overhead as a salute; the unveiling of a plaque in honor of those involved in the construction project; various marching bands; and songs performed by the Baltimore and Ohio Glee Club. There were also speeches given by a half-dozen dignitaries in attendance.  The Annapolis Capital newspaper reported, “The new bridge and the men who had a part in…

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