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Monday, October 29, 2012

Bay Bridge Expected To Close At 1PM

 Maryland Transportation officials say it is likely that the Bay Bridge will close around 1PM Monday.They say if you have plans to cross the Bay Bridge, do so immediately.

The Bay Bridge is currently under Wind Restrictions (see below). When the weather conditions improve and it is safe to reopen the Bay Bridge spans, the structures will be inspected prior to opening. Inspection could take up to one hour. Call 1-877-BAYSPAN for real-time traffic conditions.

Wind restrictions are now in effect at the Francis Scot Key Bridge (I-695) in Baltimore. In addition, the Tydings Bridge, Nice Bridge, Bay Bridge and Hatem Bridge also are under wind restrictions.

Wind Warnings - Sustained wind speeds or wind gusts of 30-39 mph When wind warnings are in effect, operators of house trailers, box trailers, motorcycles, vehicles with roof-mount racks containing cargo or any other vehicle that may be subject to high winds are advised to use caution while traveling across the bridge.

Wind Restrictions - Sustained wind speeds or wind gusts of 40-49 mph When wind restrictions are implemented, house trailers, empty box trailers or any vehicle that, in the opinion of law-enforcement personnel, may not safely cross the bridge will be prohibited from traveling the bridge. Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.

Traffic Holds/Bridge Closure - Sustained wind speeds or wind gusts (three within 10 minutes) exceeding 55 mph In the event of a sudden increase of sustained wind speeds or wind gusts that could jeopardize life or property, the MDTA may elect to discontinue the movement of traffic across the bridge.

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