Bay Bridge

Maryland Transportation Authority announced the center lane closure on the westbound span of the Bay Bridge will be extended Thursday afternoon, Nov. 7.

SANDY POINT — The center lane closure on the westbound span of the Bay Bridge will be extended Thursday afternoon, Nov. 7, and backups are expected to be longer than usual, Maryland Transportation Authority announced Wednesday evening.

The lane will close at 11 a.m., but instead of reopening at 1:30 p.m., it will remain closed until 2:45 p.m.

MDTA spokesman Kelly Melhem said the extended time is needed due to the weather forecast and the size of the work zone involved.

“Based on weather forecasts, it’s likely that crews will be unable to pour concrete for several days during the day and night, so we need to take advantage of the good temperatures tomorrow,” Melhem said in a news release.

According to AccuWeather News, a disruptive storm will eye much of the eastern U.S. to end the week. Rain and colder temperatures are expected in the region beginning Thursday night.

The overlay sections in the Bay Bridge work zone to be done Thursday are longer than previous ones — approximately 270 feet — and require an estimated 3.5 hours to pour, Melhem said.

“We ask our motorists and communities to please bear with us as we continue efforts to expedite this project. Westbound backups could potentially reach three miles, taking an additional 25-30 minutes to cross the bridge,” she said.

MDTA encouraged drivers to plan extra time for travel, especially if you’re traveling to a scheduled appointment.

Wide-loads (permit vehicles greater than 10 feet wide) continue to be restricted due to the 11-foot lanes and should adjust westbound travel times.

For the latest on Bay Bridge traffic, call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) or visit baybridge.com. To sign up for email/text alerts or to view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.

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