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Bay Bridge Westbound Center Lane to Close During Off-peak Hours on Weekdays

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STEVENSVILLE, Md.- As part of ongoing repair work, the Maryland Transportation Authority will temporarily close the center lane of the westbound Chesapeake Bay Bridge from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays starting Tuesday, Nov. 5, weather and traffic volumes permitting. 

The MDTA said this off-peak timeframe avoids impacts during morning and afternoon rush hours. The authority said it will continue to evaluate this timeframe and may adjust the work schedule based on weather and traffic volume determination.

As discussed with local officials, with fall upon us and temperatures dropping, crews are taking advantage of the warmer temperatures during daytime hours.  The latex modified concrete overlay material used for the project needs to be placed at temperatures of at least 45 degrees, with at least a double-lane closure in effect.  The concrete overlay is currently being placed overnight, but the work window is shrinking as temperatures are regularly dropping below 45 degrees.

Due to the 11-foot lanes, wide-loads (permit vehicles greater than 10 feet wide) will be restricted during this temporary closure and should adjust westbound travel times.  

As announced last week, the MDTA is moving forward on a series of steps to shorten the duration of the Bay Bridge work and mitigate traffic impact on commuters, visitors, and local residents.  Closing the center lane temporarily during daytime hours will continue these efforts to expedite the project.

Motorists should continue to expect delays and stay alert in work zones.  For the latest on Bay Bridge traffic, call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) or visit baybridge.com.

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