Beat Bay Bridge Holiday Traffic With These Off-Peak Times

The Maryland Transportation Authority urges drivers to travel during off-peak times to help minimize delays at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this weekend.

MDTA officials anticipate more than 350,000 vehicles will cross the Bay Bridge between Friday, September 2, and Labor Day Monday, September 5. Motorists should expect delays at the bridge and along the US 50 corridor during the holiday travel period. Heavier eastbound volumes are expected Thursday through Saturday, September 1-3, with heavier westbound volumes expected Sunday and Monday, September 4-5. Motorists should stay on US 50 on both sides of the bridge to keep local roadways open for first responders and residents.

According to the MDTA press release:

The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this holiday period include:

  • Thursday, September 1 – before 10 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
  • Friday, September 2 – before 8 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 3 – before 8 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 4 – before 11 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
  • Labor Day Monday, September 5 – before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 6 – before 7 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

Weather and traffic volumes permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way operations to help alleviate eastbound delays at the Bay Bridge. Two-way operations may be limited based on westbound traffic volumes, as bridge officials strive to mitigate delays on both sides of the bridge. Two-way operations are prohibited during bridge wind warnings/restrictions, fog/limited visibility, or times of precipitation and may be prohibited during incidents. Learn more about two-way operations here.

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Read the full press release for more information.