Chesapeake Bay Bridge

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan says work on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will be complete by this summer.

Hogan announced Tuesday that a rehabilitation project on the westbound right lane will be finished a year ahead of schedule. He also says all-electronic tolling will be used.

The governor says all lanes of the bridge will be open by summer of 2020.

The governor's office says the deck rehabilitation project began in September of 2019, after more than a decade of deferred maintenance resulted in severe deterioration of the westbound right lane.

Come January 31st only an E-ZPass or cash will get you across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Traffic backups late last year produced cashless tolling during the peak travel times going into the weekend.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that drivers were sent a standard $4 bill in the mail.

But with less traffic during the winter months standard tolls will take effect 24/7.

Meanwhile, the Maryland Department of Transportation says it will begin removing some toll booths permanently closing lanes 3, 4 and 5 in the work zone creating wider lanes through the plaza.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Construction to remove toll booths on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge has begun as the transportation department transitions to a cashless tolling system.

The department says the latest round of construction on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge began Sunday night and is expected to last through June.

Three toll lanes on the bridge have been shut down permanently and existing toll booths will be demolished to widen lanes.

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Over a million Marylanders are expected to be traveling more than 50 mile or more this Thanksgiving Weekend.

AAA says that would be a 2.2 percent increase over last year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that 91 percent are expected to be motorists.

Meanwhile, the Maryland Department of Transportation says that it expects there to be 3.4 million travelers using the state’s highways, bridges and tunnels.

As for the Bay Bridge state officials told the paper that they expected 465-thousand vehicles to make the crossing.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland transportation officials have announced that major construction work on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will no longer pause during the Thanksgiving holiday, meaning drivers should "expect major delays" during one of the busiest travel times of the year.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's ordering expedited work on repairs to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that are causing major traffic backups, but the work can't be delayed without a risk to safety.

Hogan said Wednesday that maintenance delays for more than a decade have "caused tremendous safety problems." He says if repairs are neglected, "the crisis could go from terrible and unbearable to catastrophic and life threatening."

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Last Friday’s backup on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge caused by deck work on the west bound span drew the skeptical eyes of the Maryland Board of Public Works.

It was the kick off of a $27 million construction project that could take two years to complete.

With travelers stuck in traffic that reached back 12 miles on Route 50 toll fees were suspended to ease the flow of traffic.

But Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot grilled Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn as to the lack of planning as a result of the deck work.

A new cashless tolling system will be put in place for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from noon to 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays to deal with severe traffic congestion.

The two year project will allow drivers to pass through the booths without stopping.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that drivers will get a bill in the mail that was collected electronically.

Under this system cameras will record the license plate of the car and sent the statement to the registered owner.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland drivers are being advised to expect delays on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, as a deck rehabilitation project begins.

Two-way operations on the westbound span will cease on Tuesday. That's to prepare for the Maryland Transportation Authority's $27 million deck project.

During overnight closures of the westbound span, crews will restripe the three lanes to allow jersey barriers to be installed next to the right lane to create a safe work zone for crews.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland motorists are being told to expect major delays on the Bay Bridge beginning next week as a deck rehabilitation project gets underway.

The Maryland Department of Transportation says in a news release that two-way operations on the westbound span will cease on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in preparation for the Maryland Transportation Authority's $27 million deck rehabilitation project.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A two-year project to rehabilitate the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that's expect to cause major delays will be getting underway later this month.

The Capital Gazette reports some work on the $27 million project was scheduled to start after Labor Day but was delayed.

The westbound right lane will now be closed on weekdays starting Sept. 24. Then, starting in October, the right lane will be closed 24/7 through April 16, with restrictions lifted during Thanksgiving.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Transportation Authority says motorists can expect major delays on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge thanks to a $27 million deck rehabilitation project on the westbound span.

The authority says in a news release that long-term right lane closures will occur from Oct. 1 through April 16, 2020, but will be lifted temporarily during the Thanksgiving holiday. Then, from next April 16 through May 20, the westbound right lane will be closed continuously during weekdays but is scheduled to reopen during next summer's travel season.

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A Chesapeake Bay Bridge could be coming to a place near you.

There are 14 proposed crossings for the second span.

And one of them would wind up in Somerset County while three other sites could connect Dorchester County with Calvert County.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that one of the goals is to link the Eastern Shore with the other side of the bay.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials are ending the $7.50 E-ZPass transponder fee for new customers, offering a little relief to drivers facing soaring prices at the gas pump.

Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement Wednesday. He says it will save Maryland residents about $46 million over the next five years.

Customers who use an E-ZPass save 25 percent or more on Maryland tolls. At the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the savings increases to 37.5 percent, with E-ZPass customers paying $2.50, compared to $4 for a driver using cash.

Efforts by two Anne Arundel lawmakers could strip the
Eastern Shore’s veto power over where a third Chesapeake Bay Bridge might be built.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that for years the counties affected by such a span could halt the project by a majority vote.

State Senator Edward Reilly said that where to build the bridge should be an engineering decision not a political one.

But Kent County Commissioner William Short told the paper that the legislation is an effort to keep the Eastern Shore from having a say in where the bridge is built.

Prospects for another span to alleviate the traffic jams on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is running behind schedule.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the $5 million study to examine the feasibility of such a span could hit a funding problem.

The paper reports that the Maryland Transportation Authority had hoped to have a preliminary draft by the end of this month.

But now that has been postponed until the end of October.

That means the list of alternative routes will not be unveiled until the end of the year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - New figures from Maryland transportation officials say Gov. Larry Hogan's decision to slash toll rates didn't have much impact on the state's bottom line.

The Maryland Department of Transportation says the state collected just $5.1 million less from tolls in 2016 than it did the previous year.

Hogan, a Republican, cut toll rates around the state in 2015, calling it needed tax relief.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Bay Bridge had the biggest drop in toll revenue, collecting $28.1 million less in 2016 than in 2015.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has announced a $5 million study to explore a potential new Chesapeake Bay crossing.

Hogan said Tuesday the Maryland Transportation Authority Board voted last week for the Tier 1 National Environmental Policy Act study.

The study will begin this fall and take up to four years to finish. It will identify the location of a crossing and possible funding options.

The study will involve issues ranging from traffic and engineering to environmental questions and potential costs.

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials in Maryland are warning motorists to expect increased weekend traffic at the Bay Bridge because of a festival in Ocean City.

Ocean City's Springfest began Thursday and continues through Sunday.

As a result, officials with the Maryland Transportation Authority are encouraging motorists to travel at off-peak hours. MDTA says it will monitor traffic conditions throughout the weekend and, weather permitting, open one lane of the westbound Bay Bridge span to eastbound traffic.

21 year-old Randy Drake Thrower of Queenstown was killed during a Saturday morning accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was one of four people in a 2011 Mazda that hit a Freightliner truck on the east bound span.

In addition, a woman in the Mazda was taken to the Shock Trauma in Baltimore for serious injuries and is reported to be in stable condition.

The Daily Times reports that another man and woman were taken to the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Both had non-life threatening injuries and were released on Sunday. 

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A third Bay bridge took another step today.

The Maryland Senate has given the okay to fund a study of another span across the waters.

State Senator Jim Mathias told the Salisbury Daily Times that the vote was 40-to-4.

The measure would fund an environmental impact study and require the Maryland Transportation Authority to put aside specific money for it.

The vote comes after a study by the agency warned that the Bay Bridge could see backups of 14 miles if it is not widened by 2040.

The measure now goes to the House of Delegates.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland transportation officials say the Chesapeake Bay Bridge should be able to handle traffic for another half century.

Officials said Thursday that a bridge life cycle cost analysis has confirmed that the twin spans of the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge are in satisfactory condition and, with anticipated preservation and maintenance, can be maintained safely through 2065.

SANDY POINT, Md. (AP) - Authorities say the eastbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is closed after a two-vehicle crash involving an overturned truck.
Video from a traffic camera on the bridge Friday morning showed the rear of the truck hanging over the side of the bridge with a line of cars and trucks stretching out behind it on the span. Emergency workers are on the scene, but the Anne Arundel County Fire Department tweets that no injuries are reported.

Get ready for Sunfest traffic.

From Thursday through Sunday on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is to be heavier than normal.

The Maryland Transportation Authority has issued an advisory and it says it will open up an extra lane on the west bound span for those going to Ocean City weather permitting.

WBOC reports that the state agency says that the best times to travel is before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

On Saturday state officials say its best to leave before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m

State Senator Jim Mathias says he’d like to see a third span across the Chesapeake Bay.

During a recent meeting in Wicomico County the Maryland Democrat said that he believes this would ease the congestion on the current two spans.

WBOC found that Maryland state officials say that last year around 25.6 million cars crossed the bridge last year.

There was a proposal for a ferry to cross the bay with a landing cite in Crisfield

But that was scrapped after a study of project.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police say one man is missing after a 17-foot sailboat sank in the Chesapeake Bay near the Bay Bridge.
Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says the boat ran into trouble around noon on Sunday. She says it sank so fast that the six people on board didn't have time to put on life jackets.
Thomson says another boater nearby came to their aid and pulled five people from the water. She says the boaters reported that they saw the missing man go under the water and did not see him resurface.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Transportation officials in Maryland say motorists should be prepared for Saturday traffic delays at the Bay Bridge as a result of a charity ride involving motorcyclists.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says motorists should be prepared for delays on Saturday from about 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Officials say the delays will be on Ritchie Highway and U.S. 50 eastbound from the Severn River Bridge to the Bay Bridge.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Transportation officials in Maryland are warning of higher than normal volume on the Bay Bridge because of Springfest in Ocean City, a celebration that includes food, arts and craft displays and free entertainment.

Officials say motorists should expect higher than normal traffic from Thursday through Sunday. Officials say that they will monitor traffic conditions throughout the weekend and, weather permitting, open an additional lane to eastbound traffic to help ease congestion.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials say drivers should expect more traffic than normal this weekend on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Officials say the Dew Tour skateboarding event is drawing thousands of people to Ocean City from Thursday through Sunday.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says it will implement two-way traffic operations, weather permitting, to help alleviate delays. The agency also encourages drivers to travel at off-peak hours.

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The left lane of westbound span of the Bay Bridge has been reopened after a serious two-vehicle accident shutdown traffic.

The Maryland Transportation Authority reports there were injuries.

But motorists should still expect heavy traffic and authorities are recommending avoiding westbound US 50 at this time.

Motorists are advised to call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for current traffic conditions or on Twitter - TheMDTA.