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Workers Ahead: Crews to Install Warning Signs on Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Crews will install new warning signs on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this year.

Crews will install new warning signs on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this year. File|Patch
Crews will install new warning signs on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this year. File|Patch

The first expenditure out of an estimated $300 million pledged to upgrade the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will come this year when signs are installed to remind drivers about safety and traffic tieups on the span.

The Maryland Transportation Authority plans to spend $500,000 in toll revenue this year to make and install the signs, many of them electronic, along the bridge, reports The Baltimore Sun.

The MdTA plans to spend $300 million on bridge improvements ove the next six years, including painting, upgrading the bridge's decks and suspension cables.

Signs will be installed during non-peak periods and will not affect traffic, officials said. 

The signs will warn drivers on the bridge of their current speed; that their headlights must be turned on; of impending curves; of the bridge's 40 mph speed limit; of any congestion ahead; and that tailgating is prohibited, the newspaper says.

Bryan Harz February 27, 2014 at 09:19 PM
This is probably long overdue. Signs are nice, improves safety, but new paint and a structural upgrade both sound like higher priorities. That said, all and any upgrades are appreciated.
JOHN D. AYRES February 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM
These upgrades are long overdue. But, the state of Maryland also needs to turn on the roadway street lights on the bridge as well. At night with low visibility, the bridge can be a dangerous drive and difficult to see on either side of you. The Key Bridge has LED pole lights on both sides of the bridge, and it is lighted up every night. The same needs to be done with the Bay Bridge, and truck traffic on the eastbound span should be restricted to the right lane only between sun-down and sun-up. This would allow standard vehicles to have the inner lane on the Eastbound span at night, and trucks must remain in the right lane at night only!

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