Drivers On Bay Bridge Face More Lane Closures

August 22, 2009|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,michael.dresser@baltsun.com

Motorists face a challenging time on the Bay Bridge as overnight closures force two-way operations on a single span for much of next week.

On Tuesday night through Friday night, the westbound span will close at 10 p.m. and reopen the next morning. Tonight, it will close at 11 and reopen at 7 a.m. Sunday.

That means two-way travel on the two-lane eastbound span - a daunting prospect when everyone on the bridge is awake and sober, and potentially deadly when they're not.

Last August, during a night of two-way operations on the eastbound span, a young woman fell asleep while driving on the bridge and set off a chain of events that led to a tractor-trailer plunging off the bridge, killing the truck driver and leaving hundreds of motorists stranded on the bridge for much of that day.

Meanwhile, the eastbound span will have closings of its own this Sunday night and Monday morning for repairs to the bridge wall.

On Sunday, one lane will close at 9 p.m. and the other will be shut down at midnight, forcing two-way traffic on the westbound span until 5 a.m.

In addition to the night shutdowns, one lane of the westbound span will close for preservation work from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. That work will not involve two-way operations.

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