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Bay Bridge Update

Testing of the parapet on the left side of the eastbound span is done. The inspectors found some corrosion of reinforcing steel bolts in the concrete barrier and repairs are underway, says the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The left lane on the eastbound span remains closed.

This is the schedule for two-way traffic on what is normally the westbound span:
-- Monday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
-- Thursday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
-- Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
-- As needed, Monday through Saturday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., during full closures of the eastbound span.

The idea is to give commuters three westbound lanes during the morning rush and accommodate people returning from the Eastern Shore on the weekend while round-the-clock repairs continue on the eastbound span. But this situation is far from ideal. Many of the accidents on the bridge -- including the car-truck crash that led to discovery of the corrosion -- occur during two-way operations.

Be careful. You can get updates on current traffic conditions by calling 877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) or going to the Bay Bridge Web site.

There are few alternatives to Route 50 across Chesapeake Bay. Any detour takes most drivers far out of their way. Travelers heading to Ocean City from the Baltimore area can take northbound I-95 to southbound Route 1 in Delaware (exit 4), then continue to Route 528 to Coastal Highway, or take DE 1 to US 113, to either MD 90 or US 50 into Ocean City. There are other suggestions at baybridge.com.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 3, 2008; 11:06 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Safety  
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Comments

So am I reading this right, it's better to wait til after 9am on Friday if going eastbound?

Posted by: TKPK | September 3, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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