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Bay Bridge moving to permanent video tolling on May 12

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Posted at 9:22 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 09:28:23-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Bay Bridge will permanently move to an all electronic cashless tolling system beginning on May 12.

A temporary system had already been in place statewide since March 17, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new permanent system includes three traffic lanes that tie into the two existing lanes on the eastbound bridge and the westbound two-way lane. New overhead tolling camera's were recently installed across eastbound US 50 between the bridge and MD 8. Testing and software installation is being completed.

Maryland's Department of Transportation says electronic tolling will decrease traffic congestion, and save a combined estimated 42,000 hours annually.

Just recently, construction wrapped up on the right lane of the westbound span of the bridge. The project, which for months caused heavy traffic was completed nearly a year ahead of schedule.

Below is a chart of the revised toll rates.