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Overnight Power Outage on Bay Bridge, Adding to Holiday Delays

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A two-vehicle accident on the Eastbound Span of the Bay Bridge adds to traffic delays Saturday afternoon. (Photo: Maryland Transportation Authority/Twitter) A two-vehicle accident on the Eastbound Span of the Bay Bridge adds to traffic delays Saturday afternoon. (Photo: Maryland Transportation Authority/Twitter)
Major backups are reported Saturday on the Bay Bridge, partly due to no two-way operations available. (Photo: Maryland Transportation Authority WebCam) Major backups are reported Saturday on the Bay Bridge, partly due to no two-way operations available. (Photo: Maryland Transportation Authority WebCam)

STEVENSVILLE, Md. - On one of the busiest travel weekends for Delmarva, drivers almost come to expect heavy traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and Saturday the bridge did not disappoint. A power outage that happened overnight added to the already expected delays.

The Maryland Transportation Authority tweeted out on their account around 7 a.m. Saturday that an overnight power issue caused the signals on the Bay Bridge to be down, preventing two-way operations. About an hour later, the MDTA reported that delays were already starting.

As of 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the MDTA reported a seven mile backup heading eastbound prior to the bridge, with still no estimation as to when two-way operations would be restored.

Then, to make matters worse, a two-vehicle crash occurred around noon on Saturday, according to the MDTA in the eastbound right lane. The crash was quickly cleared within about thirty minutes, but delays continued to plague the area of the bridge. As of 12:45 p.m. Saturday, the MDTA reported an eight mile backup prior to the bridge heading eastbound.

The MDTA says more than 354,000 vehicles will cross the Bay Bridge between Friday September 4th and Monday September 7th.  To monitor delays on the bridge, drivers can call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24-hour real-time traffic updates. Travelers can also monitor live traffic cameras here

Typically, the MDTA says the following time are the best times to travel the bridge during the holiday weekend:

• Saturday - before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
• Sunday - before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
• Labor Day Monday - before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

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