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Weather Warning on Bay Bridge

The combination of rain and falling leaves is making driving difficult across the region this afternoon, but there's a special advisory up for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Because of the rain and poor visibility, the Maryland Transportation Authority will not be using the two-way traffic pattern one one span that normally prevails in the afternoon. The authority warns that this may cause extensive delays for homeward bound travelers.

You can check on current traffic conditions at the bridge by making a free call to 877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) or going to to view traffic camera images from the bridge.

Though commuters almost certainly will be delayed, it's a good decision by the transportation authority to maintain one direction of traffic on each of the two bay bridge spans in this weather rather than reversing a lane on one span. We had a nasty accident earlier this year when two-way traffic was in effect on one span. The pattern is intended to relieve rush hour congestion, which has been growing, but it doesn't leave much room for error on the narrow span.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 24, 2007; 3:10 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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