Baltimore's Bay Bridge begins backups

| 1/15/2002

Construction begins Friday on a four-year overhaul of the westbound span of Baltimore's Bay Bridge. The project is the first phase of a $45 million project that will replace the concrete and steel decking of the three-lane westbound span for the first time since it opened in 1973.

Road crews will block the middle lane of the westbound span seven days a week until April 15 (except during Easter weekend). Eastbound lanes will be shut down for one-half hour, 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., every weekday until April 15, because of re-decking work being done on the westbound span.

The half-hour daily closures of the eastbound lanes will accommodate oversized loads traveling west. Two-mile backups are to be expected as eastbound traffic is halted.