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Busy Holiday Travel Season Comes Amid Ongoing Bay Bridge Construction Project

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KENT ISLAND, Md.- Millions of people are hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and that means there may be longer delays at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

A $27 million deck rehabilitation project is underway at the bridge. The right bound lane on the westbound span remains closed, as well as other lane shifts on the bridge. The Maryland Transportation Authority says crews will continue to work through the Thanksgiving holiday, which will help to expedite the project. 

"We’re expecting nearly 465,000 vehicles to cross the Bay Bridge during the holiday week, and so we’re urging travelers to go early, stay late, and cross the bridge during our recommended travel times, when we expect the least number of vehicles,” said MDTA Executive Director Jim Ports, in a press release. “Stay alert for your safety and the safety of our work crews who are giving up holiday time. And with the holidays upon us, please be courteous to other drivers.”

The project has caused headaches for locals over the last several weeks. 

"It's been a little trying. I don't have to cross the  bridge that often," Lissa Holtzner of Kent Island says. "But more so it's just been here in the community. A lot of people come off 50 when they shut the bridge down in the middle of the day. They actually go down to one lane instead of two lanes and it just causes gridlock here on the Island."

The ongoing project combined with the increased holiday travel has some drivers altering their plans.

"The bridge is backing up when its going westbound so I'm going to have to leave early because I don't want to spend two or three hours sitting here in traffic trying to across to head home," Emily Barnett of West Virginia says.

While for other drivers, they're avoiding it all together. 

"I'll be shooting back here in about 20 minutes and stay at home the rest of the week," Adam Maizeo of Silver Spring says. "I don't want to sit in the truck any more than I have to."

The MDTA recommends drivers plan an extra 30 minutes into their Thanksgiving commutes. Below is a list of times the MDTA says is best to cross the Bay Bridge.

Eastbound:

  • Tuesday through Friday, November 26-29, before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
  • Monday, December 2, before noon and after 8 p.m. 

Westbound:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, November 26-27, before 5 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
  • Thursday through Sunday, November 28-December 1, before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
  • Monday, December 2, before 5 a.m. and after 2 p.m.

 

 

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