Curtis Bay drawbridge lift causes I-695 traffic

Coast Guard water traffic passing; second bridge opening set for 9:30 a.m.

March 22, 2013|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A scheduled 6:30 a.m. opening of the Curtis Bay drawbridge to allow for Coast Guard water traffic to pass beneath caused major traffic back-ups on Interstate 695 in both directions Friday morning.

The drawbridge had closed by 6:59 a.m. and traffic was again flowing as of about 7:15 a.m., according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

However, there is a second scheduled opening of the drawbridge at 9:30 a.m., the authority said.

An authority dispatcher said he could not estimate how long the second opening will last, because that depends on the type of watercraft moving through the span and water conditions at the time.

Also Friday morning, a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 south prior to the White Marsh Boulevard exit had closed the two right traffic lanes and the right hand shoulder to traffic as of about 7:45 a.m., according to the state transportation department. All lanes had reopened as of 8:45 a.m.

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