Bay Bridge span to close this week


August 18, 2008|By BRENT JONES

Starting today, investigators plan to examine an area of the Bay Bridge where a tractor-trailer crashed through a Jersey wall and fell into the water, officials from the Maryland Transportation Authority said.

The eastbound span of the bridge will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Thursday. The westbound span will carry two-way traffic.

Bridge officials said they plan to monitor traffic and reopen the eastbound span earlier if needed to reduce congestion and delays.

State officials had previously declared the bridge safe after the fatal crash Aug. 10. But federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board spent much of the day after the accident looking into safety issues, including traffic flow and bridge design.

NTSB officials are not part of this week's investigation.

The early-morning accident happened when a driver of a Chevrolet Camaro crossed the center line and crashed into the truck, MdTA Police said. The eastbound span was carrying two-way traffic while maintencance was being done on the westbound span. Police said the truck swerved across the eastbound lane and slid atop the concrete barrier before the swinging of the trailer broke through the wall.

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