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Monday, October 29, 2012

Wind Restrictions in Effect at Bay Bridge

STEVENSVILLE, Md.- Wind Restrictions went into effect at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge just after 2 a.m. Monday, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Currently, the Francis Scott Key (I-695), Harry W. Nice Memorial (US 301) and Hatem (US 40) bridges are in wind warnings. No other bridges are in warnings or restrictions at this time.
The wind warnings and restrictions are defined by the MDTA as follows:

Wind Warning - 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 Restriction I - 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.

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