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50 Years Ago
From The Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland), Wednesday, December 22, 1965,
Letters to the Editor:

Thoughts on Bridges

Leaving the location of a second bridge into Ocean City in the hands of the State Roads Commission was a very tactful move on the part of the city and county officials, as it will keep criticisms from the locals down to a minimum. Many places have been suggested for the span but I do hope the SRC keeps in mind that the crossing should not only be built to serve traffic, but where it would be easily accessible to the most persons in case of an emergency or evacuation.

With the building boom – greater than one can imagine – presently going on all over town, not only is a second bridge desperately needed now, but a third one will be in demand in a couple or three years. It, too, would be most wise of the town fathers to extend a thoroughfare paralleling Beach Highway (Philadelphia Ave.) before the area becomes too congested with zig-zag buildings. St. Louis Ave., which ends at 17th St., could be extended, or it may be more feasible to lengthen Baltimore Ave. northward. In my opinion, obtaining the right-of-way now could result in a huge saving in the road building fund.

In order to keep business alive and flourishing in the downtown section, property owners would do well to follow the example of Dr. F. J. Townsend, Jr., who is replacing his old buildings with modern structures and off-street parking. The new edifices are located on the boardwalk near the band stand, a very congested area, to say the least.

C. Newton Weaver, Ocean City, Md.

Map showing the location of the Ocean City Expressway (Route 90). From The Daily Times (Salisbury MD), August 13, 1971.

→ Curator’s note: As Mr. Weaver noted, the placement of the second bridge into Ocean City was the subject of controversy at the time. The State Roads Commission settled on an entrance between 61st Street and 62nd Street, largely because part of the new expressway could be built across the Isle of Wight, thus shortening the length of the bridge spans required. Construction of the Route 90 highway and bridges commenced in 1968. Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel officially opened the road, which then had a western terminus at Route 589 (Racetrack Road), during a ceremony held on August 12, 1971. Route 90 was later extended west to US 50, with the new interchange opening on October 29, 1976.

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