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Bay Bridge Traffic Advisories

Date: 2014

Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

Scheduled for the Week of Nov. 16 - 22, 2014 

 

All work will be performed weather permitting.  The MDTA urges motorists to drive with caution and obey all traffic-control devices and lane-control signals.  Lane closures are subject to change and closure times are dependent on traffic volumes. 

 

TOLL DOLLARS AT WORK

 

REMINDER: Headlights are required at all times on the bridge.

 

The westbound span may be closed Sunday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, Monday through Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, Friday from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning for preservation/maintenance work or routine annual inspections.  Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closures.

One lane of the eastbound span may be closed Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for preservation/maintenance work.  Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span.

When daytime two-way traffic is in effect on the westbound span, toll lanes 1 through 4, on the left side of the toll plaza, will be directed into contra-flow traffic on the westbound span.  Motorists wishing to use an E-ZPass® Only lane to access the eastbound span should use toll lane 9.

Monday through Friday, one lane will be closed for approximately 15 minutes for contractor pick-up. 

Note:  Concrete repair and replacement project underway at Bay Bridge toll plaza.  Lanes 6-8 and associated toll booths will be continuously (24/7) closed starting Tuesday night.  Pay attention to overhead and portable electronic signs. 

FOR 24/7 BAY BRIDGE TRAFFIC INFORMATION CALL 1-877-BAYSPAN (1-877-229-7726) or visit baybridge.com

Know Before You Go - For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us at facebook.com/TheMDTA and mdta.maryland.gov.  Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.                                                  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 14, 2014

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

 

CONCRETE REPAIR & TOLL BOOTH REPLACEMENT WORK CONTINUES AT BAY BRIDGE TOLL PLAZA

Toll Lanes # 6-8 Will Close 24/7 For Work

 

WHAT:           Toll lanes 6-8 and the associated toll booths at the Bay Bridge toll plaza (eastbound US 50) will be continuously (24/7) closed and toll booth lanes 9-11 (the three right lanes) will reopen to traffic.  The detour for truck permit loads will be over with the opening of toll lanes 9-11, and permit loads will use toll lane 11.  Motorists should use the remaining open toll lanes and booths to the left and right of toll lanes 6-8.  Trucks should use the three right toll lanes.  Pay attention to overhead and portable electronic signs.

WHEN:           Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 9 p.m. and continuing for approximately eight weeks.  Toll lanes 6-8 will remain closed.  Toll lanes 9-11 will reopen by 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

WHY:              Toll Dollars At Work.  The toll booth lane closures are part of two Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) projects.  One is the $4.5 million project to remove and replace the existing concrete pavement on the approach to the Bay Bridge toll plaza along eastbound US 50.  The second is the $4.8 million project to replace the toll booths at the Bay Bridge toll plaza.  Both projects are expected to be complete in spring 2015.

 

REMINDERS: Headlights are required at all times on the bridge.  When daytime two-way traffic is in effect on the westbound span, toll lanes 1 through 4, on the left side of the toll plaza, will be directed into contra-flow traffic on the westbound span.  Motorists wishing to use an E-ZPass® Only lane to access the eastbound span should use toll lane 9 starting Nov. 19.

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  Know Before You Go!  For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.  

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

 

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WIND RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT; CURRENTLY NO TWO-WAY OPERATIONS
 

Motorists Advised to Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for Current Traffic Conditions
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Currently, Wind Restrictions II (see below) are in effect.  As such, two-way operations may not be implemented this afternoon.  Delays are possible during this afternoon's rush-hour period.  Officials will continue to monitor weather conditions and will implement two-way operations if possible.

Wind warnings and restrictions are implemented as follows:

Wind Warning (sustained wind speeds or wind gusts of 30-39 mph) -- operators of house trailers, box trailers, motorcycles, vehicles with roof-mount racks containing cargo or any other vehicle that may be subject to high winds are advised to use caution while traveling across the bridge.

Wind Restriction I (sustained wind speeds or wind gusts of 40-49 mph) -- house trailers, empty box trailers or any vehicle that, in the opinion of law-enforcement personnel, may not safely cross the bridge will be prohibited from traveling the bridge.  Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.

Wind Restriction II (sustained wind speeds or wind gusts exceeding 50 mph) -- only automobiles, pickup trucks, flatbed trailers, commercial buses and heavy-laden tractor/trailers are permitted to cross the bridge.  Tractor-box trailer combinations will not be permitted to cross any bridge if the gross weight is less than 64,000 pounds.

Traffic Holds/Bridge Closure (sustained wind speeds or wind gusts exceeding 55 mph) -- In the event of a sudden increase of sustained wind speeds or wind gusts that could jeopardize life or property, the MDTA may elect to discontinue the movement of traffic across the bridge.

For Statewide traffic conditions, visit www.md511.org.

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Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

 

Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

  Scheduled for the Week of Nov. 9 – 15, 2014

 

All work will be performed weather permitting.  The MDTA urges motorists to drive with caution and obey all traffic-control devices and lane-control signals.  Lane closures are subject to change and closure times are dependent on traffic volumes. 

 

TOLL DOLLARS AT WORK

 

REMINDER: Headlights are required at all times on the bridge.

 

Weather permitting, the eastbound span will be closed temporarily to traffic Sunday from approximately 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the “Across the Bay 10K” running event.  Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span.  Motorists should anticipate delays and are urged to travel prior to 6 a.m. or after 6 p.m.   For additional information on the event, visit bridgerace.com.

The westbound span may be closed Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, Friday from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning for preservation/maintenance work or routine annual inspections.  Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closures.

One lane of the eastbound span may be closed Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for preservation/maintenance work.  Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span.

When daytime two-way traffic is in effect on the westbound span, toll lanes 1 through 4, on the left side of the toll plaza, will be directed into contra-flow traffic on the westbound span.  Motorists wishing to use an E-ZPass® Only lane to access the eastbound span should use toll lane 6.

Monday through Friday, one lane will be closed for approximately 15 minutes for contractor pick-up. 

Note:  Concrete repair and replacement project underway at Bay Bridge toll plaza.  The three right toll lanes and associated toll booths remain continuously (24/7) closed.  Pay attention to overhead and portable electronic signs.

FOR 24/7 BAY BRIDGE TRAFFIC INFORMATION CALL 1-877-BAYSPAN (1-877-229-7726) or visit baybridge.com

Know Before You Go - For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us at facebook.com/TheMDTA and mdta.maryland.gov.  Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.                                                  

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BAY BRIDGE AND ROAD CLOSURES FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014

"ACROSS THE BAY 10K" TO RESULT IN TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF
BAY BRIDGE'S EASTBOUND SPAN

Motorists Should Anticipate Heavy Traffic & Delays

The eastbound span of the Bay Bridge (US 50/301) will be closed temporarily to traffic on Sunday, Nov. 9, from approximately 2 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the inaugural Across the Bay 10K. Two-way traffic operations will be in place on the westbound span. One lane of traffic will operate in each direction on the westbound span, with the center lane closed to traffic. Please note that the center lane may open to traffic intermittently to help reduce westbound delays. In addition, two detours will be in place on the Eastern Shore due to the race.

The off-ramp from US 50 eastbound to MD 8 will be closed during the event. A detour will be in place to direct motorists to the next exit at Thompson Creek Road. From there, motorists will travel westbound on MD 835 to the signal at MD 8. The on-ramp from southbound MD 8 to westbound US 50 also will be closed during the event. All traffic attempting to access westbound US 50 will be directed to MD 18, to the roundabout at Castle Marina Road and onto US 50 west. Motorists using the Bay Bridge on Nov. 9 will experience significant delays throughout the day and early evening. To avoid delays, motorists are urged to travel prior to 6 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

Nearly 20,000 runners will run 6.2 miles from Northrop Grumman on the western shore to Chesapeake Bay Business Park on the eastern shore between the hours of 7 am and 2 pm. The event will affect the following roads during the periods detailed below with suggested alternate routes as specified:

 

ROADS AFFECTEDHOURS AFFECTEDALTERNATE ROUTES & SUGGESTED ACTION
Bay Bridge, eastbound span (US 50)
**CLOSED**
2 AM – 2 PMThe westbound span will carry two-way traffic during these hours with one lane moving in each direction. Leave early, expect delays.
Bay Bridge, eastbound span (US 50)
**CONGESTION**
2 AM – 2 PMThe westbound span will carry two-way traffic during these hours with one lane moving in each direction. Leave early, expect delays.
Route 8 – US 50 eastbound exit
**CLOSED**
2 AM – 2 PMFollow marked detour
Route 8 – US 50 westbound Entrance
**CLOSED**
2 AM – 2 PMFollow marked detour on Route 18 (Main Street) in Stevensville to Castle Marina Road.
Route 8 southbound, from Route 18 to Thompson Creek Road
**LIMITED TO ONE LANE**
2 AM – 2 PMTraffic will be reduced from two lanes to one lane. Expect delays.
Pier One Road5 AM – NOONRoad will be open in both directions with narrowed lanes and runners traveling in a coned lane on the north side of the road.

 

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit www.mdta.maryland.gov Know Before You Go! For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheMDTA. Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.

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