Chesapeake Bay Bridge
When it opened to traffic in 1952, the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge—simply called the Chesapeake Bay Bridge—was the third-longest bridge in the world. The four-mile long span was constructed over the Chesapeake Bay in a dramatic 2.5-year period of progress that became known to the workers as "Operation Link," because it would be the first physical connection between the two widely separated parts of Maryland. The new bridge transformed Maryland's Eastern Shore from a sleepy backwater to a major tourism destination and caused an economic boom in Baltimore in the west. Today, the two spans—the original Bay Bridge from 1952 and the parallel span built alongside it in 1973—are towering architectural landmarks along the East Coast of the United States.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467103497
: Arcadia Publishing
: 05/06/2019
: Maryland
: Images of America
: 156 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Author-filmmaker John R. Paulson became especially interested in the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in 2010 while creating the Maryland Public Television documentary The Chesapeake Bay Bridge: Spanning the Bay. Together with his daughter, Erin E. Paulson, he paints a nostalgic portrait of the heyday of the automobile ferries before there was a bridge and recounts the story of how the bridge was built: the engineers who designed it, the workers who braved the heights to build it, and the transformative effect it has had on the nation’s vital Mid-Atlantic region.
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