Higher-security Bay Bridge Walk set for Sunday


Weather permitting, and with heightened security requirements for participants, the Bay Bridge Walk will take place tomorrow.

For security reasons, no one will be allowed to walk directly to the bridge. Participants must go to one of three designated parking lots, pass through security screening, and by 1 p.m. board wheelchair-accessible buses that will transport them to the Eastern Shore side of the bridge.

Buses will begin boarding at 8:30 a.m. At the end of the walk they will pick up people from the western side of the bridge near Sandy Point for return to the designated lots: Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold and Chesapeake Business Park in Stevensville.

The cost is $1 for walkers age 6 and older to help defray the cost of the buses, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The walk across the 4.3-mile span was canceled last year as MdTA worried it would drain critical police resources needed for homeland security. The event was canceled in 2002 because of bad weather.

The authority urged people to arrive early, limit the size and quantity of bags and personal belongings, and expect delays due to security and the popularity of the walk.

Prohibited are running, jogging, pets, bicycles, skates of any sort and skateboards. Children in strollers are permitted, as are participants in wheelchairs. Drinking water and portable restrooms will be available on the bridge, along with emergency personnel.

Motorists were warned to expect congestion and delays as the two-lane eastbound span is taken over by pedestrians and the newer, three-lane parallel span accommodates two-way traffic for much of the day.

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