Chesapeake bridge walkers shouldn't be late for May event

Officials say parking, buses to be available

April 12, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

State Transportation Authority officials are advising participants in the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk to arrive early May 2 to avoid traffic delays, congestion and parking problems.

Officials are asking walkers to get to parking lots for transportation to the bridge before 11 a.m. Walkers will not be allowed on the bridge after 1 p.m.

The 4.3-mile walk, which draws 40,000 to 60,000 people annually, begins at 9 a.m. and lasts most of the afternoon.

The authority closes the east-bound span of the bridge from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the west-bound span operating as a two-way road during that time.

Buses to take walkers to the bridge will begin boarding at 8: 30 a.m. from the three designated parking lots -- Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Anne Arundel Community College and the Chesapeake Business Park in Stevensville. Parking will not be available at the bridge or at Sandy Point State Park.

MTA officials are requesting $1 donation from participants age 6 and older for the cost of the bus service. The buses, many of which are equipped with wheelchair lifts, will run until all parking areas are filled. Officials are advising walkers to carpool.

Drinking water and portable restrooms will be available on the bridge and MTA police officers will help walkers.

Pets, running, jogging, bicycles, skates and skateboards will be banned, but children in strollers and participants in wheelchairs are welcome.

If there is bad weather or high winds, the walk will be canceled. The announcement will be made on radio stations, but walkers can check by calling the Bay Bridge Information Line at 888-288-1560 or visiting the MTA Web site at www.mdta.state.md.us and clicking on "News Center" and then "News Releases."

Pub Date: 4/12/99

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