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Eastbound Bridge Lane Reopens

5 P.M. Update: The Maryland Transportation Authority announced the right lane of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge's eastbound span has reopened, and the lengthy delays have cleared.

The lane had been closed since a tractor trailer crashed through the side barrier and fell into the bay on Sunday morning, killing the driver.

During the closure, transportation authority police performed an accident reconstruction while workers repaired the bridge. The left lane of the eastbound span reopened to eastbound traffic at 8:20 p.m. Sunday.

Get the latest on the traffic by calling 877-BAYSPAN or go to the Bay Bridge Web site.

By Robert Thomson  |  August 11, 2008; 9:24 AM ET
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Regarding the tragic Bay Bridge accident, isn't time for police and accident investigators to realize that when they close a major road the back up strands thousands of people and puts them at risk? The back up itself is a public safety issue and has to be treated that way. The elderly and ill cannot be left unattended in a hot car for hours. The stress and anxiety on all involved is very great. Of course the accident scene has to be properly tended to and documented, but there should be someone in a major road closure like this who has the responsibility and the resources to deal with the thousands of people are suddenly trapped in what is for them the middle of nowhere. Many of those people are suddenly at risk and the public safety people need to help, not just assume that people will take care of themselves. They are trapped. It is a pity that the accident occurred at all, but lets face it, they will occur. When they do we can do better in dealing with the public safety aftermath.

Posted by: E from Fairfax | August 12, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I think The Post coverage on the Bay Bridge Tragedy over the week end has been "poor" at best. Those of us that commute or vacation or who are weekenders couldnt believe how The Post dropped the ball on getting us info in a timely way. I would have thought that someone would have immediately pulled a map together to help reroute us up to wilmington or baltimore or Dr. Gridlock would have posted something right way in his column. We all were logging in on our laptops, desktops and Blackberrys and there was no helpful info only the reporting of traffic. When we were told to visit the Bay Bridge site the server was overwhelmed and we couldnt get the info we needed or view the web cam. Why wait for tragedies like this to unfold? in the future can we not have reroute maps and servers ready? This accident was eye opening on alot of levels esp exposing The Post lack of useful online info in a responsive way. Get with it Post!

Posted by: JR | August 12, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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