Chesapeake Bay commuters who cross the Bay Bridge will be have to deal with construction backups for nearly two years starting this fall as work begins on replacing a lane of the westbound span.
After Labor Day, work to replace the right lane of the westbound span of the Bay Bridge will close that lane and create potential daily rush hour traffic backups, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced this week.
The $27 million project will replace the bridge decking, make deck repairs, seal the bridge deck and replace existing lane-use signal gantries and the steel rail posts on the side of the bridge.
The traffic impact will be substantial. While the work will cease from May 20 through Labor Day next year, the rest of the year will see only two westbound lanes and no two-way traffic on that span except in emergencies.