Bay Bridge lane closings to begin next week

April 12, 2008|By Michael Dresser

Westbound drivers on the Bay Bridge will be affected by lane closings during the next two weeks, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Next week, the westbound right lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

The westbound left lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19.

The following week will bring overnight closings on the westbound span, during which traffic will run in two directions on the eastbound bridge. The westbound span will close at 8 p.m. April 21 through April 23. It will reopen at 5 a.m. the next day. On April 26, the span will be closed at 11 p.m. and reopen the next morning.

The closures are to allow deck replacement work and inspections. MdTA said that steel plates will be in place as a temporary deck in some westbound lanes. The agency also said there may be temporary outages of overhead lane signals.

The speed limit during the project is 45 mph. Officials urged motorists to slow down when driving on steel plates and advised motorcyclists not to use the center lane. Additional westbound lane closings of up to 30 minutes could occur at off-peak times to enable inspection of the steel plates, officials said.

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