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With a nightmarish crash under investigation and summer beach traffic backing up for miles, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is undergoing new scrutiny. Even before a car plunged from the deck into the bay in July, the Maryland Transportation Authority agreed to assess the bridge's life expectancy -- a small step in the decades-old debate over whether to add a third span. Kojo explores how the competing interests of farmers, commuters, vacationers, environmentalists and politicians will factor into the bridge's future.
Explore the far-reaching effects the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has had on everything from commerce to commuting. It helped fuel the growth of the tourism industry, transforming tiny beachside resorts like Ocean City into crowded summertime destinations.