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Posted at 1:47 PM ET, 03/ 4/2010

Bay Bridge Walk canceled for 4th year in a row

By Washington Post editors

The Bay Bridge Walk will not be held this year because of ongoing construction with the Bay Bridge, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. This will be the fourth year in a row that the walk has been canceled.

“Once again, this has been a difficult decision to make since we were not able to hold the walk in 2008 and 2009,” said MDTA Executive Secretary Ronald L. Freeland. “We understand the excitement and anticipation that surrounds this event; however, the safety of participants -- who would need to walk through a construction area in order to board buses for their return trips -- is our number-one priority. During these economic times, it also would not be fiscally responsible to host such an event.”

The Bay Bridge Walk has been canceled three times because of bad weather in 1980, 2002 and 2007. It was closed in 2003 for heightened security, in 2005 for westbound construction and in 2008 and 2009 because of the Bay Bridge Preservation Project.


By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2010; 1:47 PM ET
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It's highly doubtful that the MdTA will ever hold the Bay Bridge walk again. The bridge has shifted from being a "summer vacation" crossing, to a daily commuting crossing.

This latest excuse about a construction storage area doesn't hold water. Haven't they heard of fencing and clean-up? They could also extend the walk over to Sandy Point State Park (6 miles vs 4.3 miles).

Posted by: vuac | March 4, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

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