ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Transportation Authority announced the center lane of the Bay Bridge's westbound span will close during off-peak times, reducing traffic to a single lane.
The MDTA said closing the center lane will help expedite the Bay Bridge work project. The right lane has been closed because the surface has reached the end of its service life and is severely deteriorated.
Closures of the center lane of the westbound span are scheduled to resume Wednesday, weather permitting, any time between 10 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. weekdays.
The MDTA said officials will evaluate the time frame and may adjust the schedule based on weather conditions and traffic volumes.
During the center lane closures, the remaining lane will be 11 feet wide, meaning wide loads, vehicles wider than 10 feet, will be prohibited.
The MDTA said traffic volumes are lower during the winter. The center lane closures will give crews a safe work zone to pour concrete onto the right lane, filling 22 bridge joints and eight full-depth puncture holes.
In the coming weeks and months, motorists will see additional work for the westbound deck project that include replacement of overhead signals and steel rail posts, deck sealing and deck/joint repairs in the center and left lanes during overnight hours.
For the latest information on Bay Bridge traffic, motorists can call 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.