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Accident closes Bay Bridge for hour

The Maryland Transportation Authority says an accident temporarily closed the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge and backed up traffic for miles in each direction.

The accident closed the span for more than an hour at midday Sunday. The transportation authority said the accident along with traffic from a bay swim event led to backups that stretched up to five miles.

Sgt. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the transportation authority police, said the three-vehicle accident injured a total of seven, although none of the injuries were considered life-threatening.
Green said the 11 a.m. accident involved a sports utility vehicle, a tractor trailer that rear-ended the SUV, and a pick up truck that struck the tractor trailer. Green said all of the injured were in the sports utility vehicle.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | June 13, 2010; 2:48 PM ET
 
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Free Bernard Madoff!


Posted by: blasmaic | June 13, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

It is long past time for a third span between the two existing spans. The bridges are over taxed, falling apart and simply dangerous at times. The third span would provide the following benifits:

1) No two way traffic, this is a dangerous situation at best.
2) It would allow during off season one span to be closed for real repairs instead of the band aid repairs the state is forced to do now.
3) Congestion during peak times will be reduced lessening the pollution of sitting cars.
4) The span would pay for itself. Right now the other two spans are money makers, unfortunately the state takes that money and places it into the general fund.

Do I think this will happen? No with MDE and all the other agencies full of zealots instead of knowledgeable and practical people it will take decades if it is ever done. In the meantime we the tax payers must once again suffer at the hands of incompetence.

Posted by: Pilot1 | June 13, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I would also suggest bringing back the ferry as an alternative way of crossing the Chesapeake, at least during peak seasons.

Posted by: Fabrisse | June 14, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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