Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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