Westbound Right Lane Closed 24/7 from October to April; No Two-Way Operations Three-Mile Backups Likely During Rush Hours

BALTIMORE, MD – This fall, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will begin a $27
million deck rehabilitation on the westbound span of the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge
(US 50/301). As part of the two-year project, the right lane of the westbound span will close 24/7 from
October to April during fall 2019/spring 2020 and fall 2020/spring 2021.

“Even though traffic volumes are lowest at the bridge during these months, drivers should expect major
delays, even during normal conditions, and especially during holidays, traffic incidents and inclement
weather,” said MDTA Executive Director Jim Ports. “We’re asking our customers for their patience and
understanding and to bear with us during this necessary work to preserve this critical connection between
Maryland’s shores.”

Beginning after Labor Day and continuing through Sept. 30, the westbound right lane will be closed
continuously during weekdays from 9 a.m. Mondays through 6 a.m. Fridays. The long-term 24/7 right
lane closure will occur from Oct. 1, 2019, through April 16, 2020, but will be lifted temporarily during
the Thanksgiving holiday. Then from April 16 through May 20, 2020, the westbound right lane again will
be closed continuously during weekdays from 9 a.m. Mondays through 6 a.m. Fridays. All lanes will
reopen during the summer travel season when traffic volumes significantly increase. The MDTA will
repeat the same schedule during fall 2020/spring 2021.

Two-way traffic operations will NOT go into effect during the 24/7 lane closures because concrete barrier
will be in place with reduced lane widths. The MDTA will use two-way traffic for emergencies only.
MDTA staff is coordinating with the local school systems, emergency responders and other partners. In
addition, an outreach campaign with paid media ads and grassroots efforts will begin in August.
Fully funded by tolls, the MDTA’s $27 million project will replace the bridge deck surface of the
westbound span right lane. Work also includes making deck repairs, sealing the bridge deck and replacing
existing lane-use signal gantries and steel rail posts. Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc., of York, Pa., is
performing the work. The project is expected to be complete in August 2021.

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