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Getaway alert: congestion at Bay Bridge

1:30 p.m.: Because of the rain and mist, the two-way traffic operation that normally relieves some peak-period traffic congestion on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is not in effect this afternoon.

The absence of the two-way traffic pattern on one of the two bridge spans and the presence of heavy eastbound traffic because of the Thanksgiving getaway means drivers should watch for crowding at the bay crossing. Some drivers will be using this route not only to reach the Eastern Shore but also to head north and hook up with I-95 in Delaware.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says it will monitor the weather conditions and could implement two-way traffic operations if and when conditions improve. Updates are available by calling 877-BAYSPAN or clicking on this link.

Also of note: The Route 90 (Ocean City Expressway) bridge is open again, well ahead of schedule. Drivers who for the past two months have used the Route 50 bridge to Ocean City and shore points north can now return to Route 90.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 25, 2009; 1:36 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Getaway , holiday travel  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Thanksgiving, travel tips  
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