Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) issued a news release on yesterday’s ceremonial opening of the new $463 million Nice/Middleton (US 301) toll bridge, which, as he noted, was delivered on-budget and three months ahead of schedule. The span has a new free-flow electronic toll system, shoulders, four traffic lanes and a concrete median barrier. It replaces an 82-year-old structure that had just two undivided lanes. Hogan praised the Maryland Transportation Authority, federal and local officials, and the bridge’s Skanska-Corman-McLean design-build team for their contributions to the successful outcome of the project. The new bridge is due to be fully open to traffic by early today.