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Westbound Deck Rehab Project

Motorists should prepare for experiencing major delays on the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) beginning Tuesday, September 24, when two-way operations (when one lane of eastbound traffic travels on the westbound span) cease in preparation for the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) $27 million deck rehabilitation project.

During overnight closures of the westbound span, crews will restripe the three lanes allowing jersey barriers to be installed next to the right lane, creating a safe work zone for crews. Starting September 24, two-way operations will be suspended due to the narrower lane configuration. The worst of the westbound delays aren’t expected to occur until the full closure of the right lane begins on September 30. The full right-lane closure continues through April 2020, except during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Commuters adjusting their schedules to avoid delays due to the westbound re-decking project should be aware that the entire westbound span will be shut down every night. The westbound span will close at 9 p.m. and reopen at 5 a.m. During the closure, two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span limiting eastbound and westbound travel to one lane in each direction.

The right lane closure may also be needed in May 2020, depending on work progress. Even though traffic volumes are lowest at the bridge during these months, motorists should expect major delays, even during normal conditions and especially during holidays, traffic incidents and inclement weather. Similar closures will occur in fall 2020 and spring 2021, with an estimated project completion in August 2021.

The westbound right lane will be fully reopened for the summer travel season from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day 2020, although temporary lane closures may occur during off-peak hours.

Project News Updates:

Bay Bridge Westbound Roadwork Schedule*

Year 1: Sept. 30, 2019 - May 2020**

  • Sept 30, 2019 - April 2020
    • Right lane closed 24/7 except during Thanksgiving holiday
  • May 2020
    • Right lane closures possible based on work progress
  • Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day 2020
    • Right lane fully reopened for summer travel season

* The above time line is for year one. The project will last two years.
** Schedule may change due to variables such as work progress and weather.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Expect major delays.
  • The right lane on the westbound Bay Bridge will be closed due to deck rehabilitation.
  • Effective September 24, 2019 no two-way traffic operations (one eastbound lane is directed onto westbound span for three eastbound lanes) except during emergencies.
  • Stay alert in work zones.

Additional Information:

Commuter Resources:

For Bay Bridge traffic information, call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726). To sign up for email/text alerts or to view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. For updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA

 

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