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Traffic returns around the Bay Bridge

Posted at 5:13 PM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 17:13:32-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — It was a mess on Route 50 last Friday that commuters won't forget for a while.

Last Friday, commuters were stuck for hours in traffic leading up to the bridge, causing commuters to become very frustrated.

Now, traffic is back and so is the frustration.

Peter Fernandez works right by the bridge, he says some of his fellow workers are changing their work and commuting habits because of the back ups.

"A lot of them are either working from home on Fridays or they are doing 4 tens, you know working Monday through Thursdays. Just avoiding that traffic on Friday," Fernandez said.

Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging state agencies to do their part by having employees work from home or changing their schedules or working 4 - 10 hour days.

Ed Mattos is an inspector on the Bay Bridge.

"We're not happy about the inconvenience to the public but if they want a bridge that's gonna last for a while, this is going to happen periodically," Mattos said.

This week, highway officials admitted they were not prepared for the new closures to repair the bridge deck. Originally they said they would not open eastbound lanes on the northern bridge, now if weather permits, they will open one lane eastbound at a reduced speed.

The far right toll lanes have been blocked off so cars don't have so many lanes to merge in and out of going through the tolls.