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Traffic nightmare continues on the Bay Bridge

Posted at 6:01 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 09:10:40-04

Daily commuters of the Bay Bridge aren’t satisfied with state’s repair efforts.

The nightmare started for travelers on Friday morning for the people of Kent Island. Construction zones on the bridge caused delays and traffic back-up for miles.

Queen Anne's County commissioner, Jim Moran, has been fully engaged with the bridge issues for years. Moran says Friday was one of the worst and most dangerous on Kent Island.

The state opened two-way traffic on the northern bridge and that caused a greater than five-mile back up on the eastern shore side going west. With the lanes smaller because of the re-decking project, all the large vehicles like RV's can't go on the bridge.

RV's, 18-wheelers, and other big cars were forced to pull over on the shoulders, and even the median strips, until the bridge opened back up with two lanes going west bound. The bridge didn’t open for hours, leaving no room for emergency vehicles.

“When the bridge backs up, they depend on the shoulders to get that ambulance and that equipment to the bay bridge and to Route 8,” said Moran.

Moran is not the only one sounding off, Comptroller Peter Franchot sent a letter to the state’s transportation Secretary, Pete Rahn, calling for the project to be shut down for the fall and winter months.

"I think we've seen enough…. the makeshift efforts by the MDOT to alleviate these conditions haven't worked."