Jun 5, 2024 - News

Nervous Bay Bridge drivers can pay this company to take the wheel

A person driving on the Bay Bridge

Photo: Robb Hill/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Heads up: If crossing the four-mile-long, winding Bay Bridge makes you nervous, there's a company that will take the wheel for you.

Why it matters: A trip to Rehoboth or the Eastern Shore shouldn't give you anxiety (save your scaries for the OC Boardwalk).

How it works: Drivers for the Kent Island Express meet you near the bridge and hop in your car.

  • It's $40 cash, or $50 for a credit card.
  • You need to call an hour ahead of getting to the bridge.
  • The drive can take five to 10 minutes — or worse in traffic.

Bridge jitters: The Washington Post recently found that more people are booking rides from the 20-year-old company after the collapse of the Key Bridge.

  • "I do think about [safety] more often than I ever did before," says Lisa Okes, a driver for Kent Island Express. "We travel the bridge 30, sometimes 60 times a day, but I wouldn't let it stop me."
  • About 6,000 people a year pay for a lift, the Post reports.

💭 Cuneyt's thought bubble: As a kid, I remember being awed — and a bit antsy — whenever our car started the soaring trek on summer days.

As the Post captured, eye masks are available if you'd rather not look…

Eye masks that say "Not looking" and "I hate this bridge"
Photo: Robb Hill/The Washington Post via Getty Images
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