More changes coming to the Bay Bridge

MARYLAND – On Tuesday, MDOT began closing the center lane of the westbound span of the Bay Bridge for part of the day.

The lane will be closed on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather and traffic permitting. The purpose of this is to speed up construction.

Governor Larry Hogan has been pushing the state to expedite the Bay Bridge construction project.

Current efforts to speed up construction include having crews work 24 hours a day, moving to all-electronic tolling and having crews work during holidays.

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Deputy Transportation Secretary R. Earl Lewis Jr. said,”We’re working hard to do this project as safely as possible, but it is important for us to maintain our transportation infrastructure so that it does remain safe and is a usable transportation asset for years to come.”

On top of everything else, Governor Larry Hogan has proposed reducing the toll rate. This move would save Marylanders about $28 million over the next five years.

Those savings would be achieved by several different things.

First, the state is considering a new pay-by-plate option, which would allow tolls to be automatically billed to credit cards at the same rate as cash customers. Next, new vehicle classifications would provide lower toll rates for motorcycles and vehicles towing one and two-axle trailers. Finally, Governor Hogan has proposed allowing video tolling customers to pay before invoices are mailed and get a discount. For more details, click here.

Transportation officials are scheduled to vote on that rate reduction on November 21st.

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