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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2010
It's the bump in the road to paradise, the bottleneck between you and the beach. Before you get to the ocean, you have to get over the Bay Bridge. Before you can get to the Bay Bridge you have to get past someone like Arlene Roberts. She is in one of the toll booths, waiting to take your $2.50 if only you can get through the inevitable Route 50 crush of too many cars, engines and occupants overheating. Roberts, by contrast, is the happiest person for miles around. "I like working the summers because when the traffic backs up, I get a rush," she says, eyes glinting rather devilishly, hands miming how quickly she can take your money and give back change.
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By Catherine Rentz, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
David and Susan Herron of Severna Park were having a delightful Labor Day on their 28-foot sailboat until the Chesapeake Bay Bridge got in the way. "Get down!" yelled Susan at her husband as she saw the mast crack against the bridge. The tall aluminum pillar and supporting wires toppled down across their boat, draping into the bay. "That's the last time I'm going boat camping!" she said and began packing their cellphones into plastic bags, worried their boat might capsize with the mast dragging behind.
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July 23, 2013
It was unsurprising to learn that AAA Mid-Atlantic has asked the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate last Friday's crash at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that propelled a car 27 feet down over the side. The driver survived, but not easily — as the vehicle sank in 10-foot waters, she had to extricate herself from her seat belt, wriggle out a broken window and swim to nearby rocks. It was a harrowing ordeal for Morgan Lake, the Southern Maryland driver who was not at fault in the crash, and it touched on the worst fears of every motorist who has ever crossed the 4.3-mile span, which rises to 186 feet above the bay between Sandy Point and Kent Island.
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By Marlene A. Condon | August 21, 2014
Some years ago, a colleague told me how, when he was a boy, he would vacation each summer with his parents in Ocean City . He and his mom always looked forward to crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Annapolis, where the sea breezes carried the very essence of this estuary - the smells associated with the vast array of organisms that live and die along the shoreline or in the saltwater. But by the 1980s, Rick noticed that the air surrounding the bridge no longer brought to mind visions of the beach with its myriad periwinkles, sea stars, crabs, shorebirds and seaweed.
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December 5, 1999
1950: Friendship Airport (later BWI) opens 1950: Theodore R. McKeldin elected governor 1954: Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2013
The westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has reopened after being shut down Sunday evening for a fire, the Maryland Transportation Authority said. Officials said there was a fire underneath the bridge, which has since been put out. The MdTA announced the bridge was closed at about 6:30 p.m. and that it had reopened at about 8 p.m. Authorities warned there would still be traffic delays for some time after the bridge had reopened. cwells@baltsun.com twitter.com/cwellssun
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2013
High winds are forecast across the region Saturday with a gale warning in effect on the Chesapeake Bay until noon, according to the National Weather Service. A gale warning means winds of 34 to 47 knots (39 to 54 mph) are expected. Forecasters say that could mean dangerous conditions for anyone venturing out onto the bay, especially in smaller boats. Even after the gale subsides, condtions will remain treacherous for inexperienced sailors, according to the Weather Service. In response to conditions, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is operating under a wind warning, with the Maryland Transportation Authority urging drivers to use caution while crossing.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
More closures to the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge are expected next week, as maintenance work continues, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. The westbound span will close at 9 p.m. each night Monday through Wednesday, and not reopen until 7 a.m. the following mornings, officials said. During those times, two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span. A single lane of the westbound span will also be closed Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., officials said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
A car caught fire on the Francis Scott Key Bridge on Monday afternoon, briefly shutting all inner loop lanes carrying Interstate 695 over the Patapsco River in Baltimore. Tamory Winfield, a Maryland Transportation Authority spokesman, said the fire - which began around 6:30 p.m. - had been extinguished by about 7:15 p.m., and traffic was getting by despite the right lane remaining closed. The car that caught fire had been removed. The incident was the second of its kind in 24 hours for the MdTA.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2011
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge has been closed to traffic as of 7:35 p.m., after high winds due to Hurricane Irene exceeded 55 mph, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. All other bridge and toll facilities are open, although there are wind restrictions on the Key, Nice, Hatem and Tydings bridges due to recorded wind speeds up to 39 mph, according to an announcement on the MdTA website. As a result, those driving house trailers, box trailers, motorcycles, vehicles with roof-mount racks containing cargo or any other vehicle that may be subject to high winds should use caution on those bridges, according to MdTA.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
William S. Jeffries, who rose from a clerk at Alex. Brown & Sons to managing director and partner in the venerable Baltimore financial firm, died Aug. 8 of complications from dementia at Arden Courts of Towson. The longtime Ruxton resident was 88. "Bill was the consummate professional and gentleman. He was boss, mentor, confidant and as the years passed, a wonderful lifelong friend to so many of us at Alex. Brown," said Mike Connelly, a retired managing director and partner at Alex.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Traffic was brought to a standstill on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and two people — including a Maryland Transportation Authority police officer — were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center following a two-vehicle crash on Kent Island on Wednesday. The crash occurred about a half-mile east of the bridge when a vehicle traveling east on Route 50 veered off the highway and crashed into a patrol vehicle that was parked in a crossover area between the eastbound and westbound lanes, said Lt. Kevin Ayd, a MdTA spokesman.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
The first large, prefrabricated section of a new traffic tunnel planned in Virginia began floating down the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore on Tuesday. Only a few feet of the concrete structure showed above the water as three tug boats pushed and pulled it south through the day - another 26 feet submerged below the surface. "It's like an iceberg," said Petty Officer Jonathan Lindberg, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in Baltimore. The Coast Guard escorted the tunnel piece and its tugs from Sparrows Point - where it was built by joint-venture partnership SKW Constructors - to near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
A car caught fire on the Francis Scott Key Bridge on Monday afternoon, briefly shutting all inner loop lanes carrying Interstate 695 over the Patapsco River in Baltimore. Tamory Winfield, a Maryland Transportation Authority spokesman, said the fire - which began around 6:30 p.m. - had been extinguished by about 7:15 p.m., and traffic was getting by despite the right lane remaining closed. The car that caught fire had been removed. The incident was the second of its kind in 24 hours for the MdTA.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
The first time seemed alarming for Emma Conger, who emerged from the 30-ish-degree water of the Chesapeake Bay with her face flushed, eyes wide, mouth agape, hair soaked, as if she'd been ambushed with a barrel of ice. "Oh my gosh, yeah, I couldn't believe how cold it was, it was freezing," said Conger, 15, of Clarksville, sloshing out of the water at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis with several hundred other hardy souls who took the noon dip...
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Turn on your headlights. Congestion ahead. Do not tailgate. By the end of this year, $500,000 in Maryland toll revenue will be spent installing large signs with those and other safety messages on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. The funding will cover manufacturing and installation of the signs, many of which will be electronic, said MdTA officials, who outlined the improvements Thursday before members of the Senate budget and taxation subcommittee on public safety, transportation and environment.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski used a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday to join in calling for a federal review of safety procedures on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The Maryland Democrat said she was prompted to request a National Transportation Safety Board investigation after an accident Friday that caused a vehicle and its driver to plunge into the water. The 900,000-member AAA Mid-Atlantic called for a similar review on Monday. "As of today, I'm very strongly recommending a review, for the a National Transportation Safety Board to look at it," Mikulski said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2013
The westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has reopened after being shut down Sunday evening for a fire, the Maryland Transportation Authority said. Officials said there was a fire underneath the bridge, which has since been put out. The MdTA announced the bridge was closed at about 6:30 p.m. and that it had reopened at about 8 p.m. Authorities warned there would still be traffic delays for some time after the bridge had reopened. cwells@baltsun.com twitter.com/cwellssun
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
More closures to the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge are expected next week, as maintenance work continues, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. The westbound span will close at 9 p.m. each night Monday through Wednesday, and not reopen until 7 a.m. the following mornings, officials said. During those times, two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span. A single lane of the westbound span will also be closed Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., officials said.
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