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Crossing the Bay Bridge Labor Day Weekend?

Plan Ahead;

Travel Off-Peak to Avoid Delays;

24/7 Traffic Info at 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726)

 

The upcoming holiday weekend is known as the unofficial close to the summer season.  If you are traveling the Bay Bridge, we remind you to prioritize safety not only for yourself, but for your passengers and other drivers.  Bay Bridge tolling is all-electronic (cashless) all the time.  Tolls are collected via gantry on the Kent Island side.  

BE SURE TO MOUNT YOUR E-ZPASS TRANSPONDER TO AVOID RECEIVING A NOTICE OF TOLL DUE IN THE MAIL.

Bay Bridge passenger-vehicle drivers without E-ZPass will be issued a Notice of Toll Due (NOTD) for the temporary Video Toll rate of $4 (standard Video Toll is $6).  The out-of-state E-ZPass passenger-vehicle rate is $4.

Expect delays at the Bay Bridge and along the US 50 corridor during this holiday weekend.  Anticipate heavier eastbound traffic volumes on Friday and Saturday, and heavier westbound traffic volumes on Sunday and Monday.

Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore.  The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include:

  • Thursday – before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
  • Friday – before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
  • Saturday – before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Sunday – before 8 a.m. and after 11 p.m.
  • Labor Day Monday – before 10 a.m. and after 11 p.m.

Weather and traffic volumes permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way operations to help alleviate eastbound delays at the Bay Bridge.  Motorists MUST pay attention and adhere to overhead lane signals.

  • DOWNWARD GREEN ARROW:  You are permitted to drive in the lane beneath the GREEN ARROW signal.
  • YELLOW X:  You should prepare to vacate the lane beneath the YELLOW X signal and move to a lane with a DOWNWARD GREEN ARROW.
  • RED X:  The lane is closed and you MUST NOT enter or travel in any lane over which a RED X signal is shown.
     

Put safety FIRST in any travel plans.

  • Stay on US 50 on BOTH sides of the bridge to keep local roadways open for first responders and residents.
  • Make sure your vehicle is road ready.  A vehicle breakdown can create a backup within seconds.  If your vehicle breaks down, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  • Secure your load in vehicles and trailers before traveling.  Items that can shift, slide or fall onto the roadway can lead to serious vehicle crashes, especially on roads with no shoulders like bridges.
  • Arrive Alive. The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target dangerous drivers, seatbelt violations and criminal activity.  Every crash, injury and death caused by impaired driving is completely preventable.

Motorists pay the lowest tolls with E-ZPass Maryland! E-ZPass Maryland 2-axle toll rate is $2.50 at the Bay BridgeSign up 24/7 at ezpassmd.com. 

For 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic information call 1-877-BAYSPAN (1-877-229-7726) or visit Baybridge.com to view real-time traffic cameras. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.

DO YOUR PART: If out and about, keep social distance.  All Marylanders over the age of five are required to wear face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state. Face coverings are required in outdoor public areas, whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.

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