[color photograph of Key Bridge over Patapsco River, Baltimore, Maryland] State bridges are operated and maintained by the Maryland Transportation Authority of the Department of Transportation.

Key Bridge over Patapsco River, Baltimore, Maryland, October 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The William Preston Lane, Jr., Memorial Bridge (Chesapeake Bay Bridge) spans 4.3 miles across the middle of Chesapeake Bay. Opened in 1952 as a two-lane structure, the Bridge transformed access to Maryland's Eastern Shore. A three-lane parallel bridge opened in 1973. For vehicles traveling east, tolls are collected in Anne Arundel County on the Western Shore.

Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge. This four-lane bridge crosses the Susquehanna River from a point near Perryville in Cecil County to a point near Havre de Grace in Harford County. The Bridge opened in 1940 as the Susquehanna River Toll Bridge. In 1986, it was renamed for Thomas J. Hatem (1925-1985) who represented Harford County in the House of Delegates from 1955 to 1958. The Hatem Memorial Bridge is 1.5 miles long. Part of U.S. 40, the Bridge has eastbound toll collection at Perryville.

Francis Scott Key Bridge. The four-lane Francis Scott Key Bridge extends 1.6 miles across Baltimore Harbor. The Bridge opened in 1977. Electronic toll-collection (known as M-TAG) began for the Key Bridge in 1999. Part of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), the Bridge has toll collection for both north and southbound traffic.

Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge. The Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (Potomac River Bridge) crosses the Potomac River from Charles County, Maryland, to King George County, Virginia. The Bridge opened in 1940 as the Potomac River Toll Bridge. In 1967, it was renamed for Harry W. Nice (1877-1941) who served as governor of Maryland from 1935 to 1939. The Nice Memorial Bridge has two lanes and is 1.7 miles long. Tolls are collected from southbound vehicles.

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