Bay Bridge Informational Hearing Set For September 3

The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) will hold a public meeting in the Kent Island High School auditorium on Wednesday, September 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The focus of the meeting is to address concerns regarding the recent closure of the right lane of the BayBridge’s eastbound span. The lane will be closed continuously for up to ten weeks to repair concrete Jerseywall barriers. Commuters traveling home to the Eastern Shore during rush hour have been met with traffic back-ups as long as five miles since the closure began earlier this week.

Inspections of the barriers on the eastbound span began in earnest after the August 10 accident when a tractor trailer went over a barrier and plunged into the Chesapeake Bay. At the time of the accident the span was operating in two way traffic and the driver of the truck tried to avoid an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the truck was killed in the accident.

County emergency services personnel have been working with the MdTA and other state agencies to address concerns regarding transport of emergency vehicles across the Bay Bridge during the lane closure. Officials from the MdTA and the county Department of Emergency Services will be at the meeting to address concerns.