Governor Hogan has demanded the Maryland Department of Transportation to take every single effort to complete the Bay Bridge work project as soon as possible. The project has led to serious traffic backups causing trouble for both commuters and locals.
Under the governor’s order:
— contractors will work 24 hours a day on the project;
— engineers will search for time-saving changes, such as faster-drying concrete;
— Bay Bridge toll booths will be removed and cashless tolling will begin “as soon as possible”;
— The State Highway Administration and the Maryland State Police will assist the Maryland Transportation Authority, which operates the bridge, and local governments to help move traffic.
Jim Moran, President of Queen Anne’s County Commission, described the frustration of bridge-bound motorists using county roads to bypass traffic on U.S Route 50. Moran also expressed gratitude for Hogan’s effort on moving the project along.
Disagreeing with Hogan’s stance to keep the project moving in a timely matter, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot believes that the resurfacing project should be put off until the fall of 2020 after the MdTA has revisited the best way to move forward.