50 YEARS AGO
The longest and worst traffic tie-up in the 12-year history of the two-lane Chesapeake Bay Bridge occurred Saturday afternoon, adding more supporters to the drive for a parallel Bay span.
At one time during the day, traffic was so heavy on both sides of the bridge that two lanes of vehicles were backed up 8.3 miles on the Eastern Shore side and four miles on the western shore. Sgt. M.S. Clevenger, a Maryland State Police officer, who has worked traffic detail in this county ever since the bridge was built, said it was the longest backup he had ever seen.
One motorist wrote to the Record-Observer that it took him exactly one hour and 35 minutes to inch his car from the Kent Narrows bridge to the toll booths on the other side of the Bay Bridge, normally a 15-minute drive.
• • • At the conclusion of the public hearing held Tuesday night at the Centreville Town Office, the proposed Comprehensive Development Plan for Centreville was adopted by the Town Planning and Zoning Commission.
The Commission also recommended adoption of the plan by the town commissioners.
The plan has been in preparation since 1962 and will form the basis for the new zoning ordinance, which is still in primary draft form, but will be completed shortly.
••• Queen Anne’s County has not yet requested drought assistance at this time.
A meeting of farm leaders was held Tuesday in Centreville and although some farmers in the upper county area had sought financial aid, it was decided that no request for federal assistance would be made.
Kent County is one of several Maryland counties asking for drought aid.