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Policy Added to Ensure Safety on Bay Bridge

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STEVENSVILLE, Md.- It is not uncommon to feel uneasy about driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, especially when the wind is strong enough to rattle your car and the bridge itself.

"I have been stuck up on that bridge before and the bridge is jumping up and down like this," said Betty Lerner of Bay City, Md. 

Earlier this season, 80 mph winds caused a tractor trailer on the bridge to overturn during a strong storm.  The Maryland Transportation Authority will now close the bridge if wind gusts reach 55 mph. 

Scott Hopson of Stevensville travels over the Bay Bridge every day. He understands safety comes first but says there will be problems.  

"The problem of course it's going to back up traffic to Ocean City but other than that, I mean it's going to create problems," Hopson said.

Betty Lerner is no stranger to the Bay Bridge either. She is glad officials are making improvements and said sitting in a little traffic is a small price to pay to ensure safety.

"Either you want to figure out what your life is all about or you sit in traffic for a little while," Lerner said.

To track wind gusts, the MDTA is currently in the process of getting its own weather station.

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