Time 1 Hr each way & .5 Hr or more spent at Bay
Chesapeake Bay Bridge is officially called the William
Preston Lane, Jr., Memorial Bridge. "Often called
the Bay Bridge, this facility crosses the Chesapeake
Bay as part of US 50/301. The bridge's dual spans
provide a direct connection between Maryland's Eastern
Shore recreational and ocean regions and the metropolitan
areas of Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C.
The bridge also forms part of an alternative route
from the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the nation's
capital and has been the location of our annual
Bay Bridge Walk for 25 consecutive years. With a
length of 4.3 miles, the bridges are among the world's
longest and most-scenic over-water structures. The
original span was built in 1952 and provides a two-lane
roadway for eastbound traffic.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge has been the site of an annual
Bay Bridge Walk for the last 22 years. I went to
one, back in 1987. It is typically on a Sunday in
early May. There are parking areas on the Western
Shore that have shuttle buses to and from bridge.
You walk from there across the 4.3-mile bridge to
a staging area to ride a bus back. The eastbound
span is closed to traffic for the walkers, and the
westbound three-lane span has two-way traffic that
is controlled by overhead lane control signals.