Wind restrictions in place on the Bay Bridge

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - As of 4 p.m. Jan. 21, wind restrictions are in effect at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

White-out conditions are expected at the bridge, which may cause periodic traffic holds.  Do not travel unless absolutely necessary, and stay off the road if at all possible.

Wind restrictions come at two levels. The first level is for sustained wind speeds or wind gusts of 40-49 mph. Under these conditions, house trailers, empty box trailers or any vehicle that, in the opinion of law-enforcement personnel, may not safely cross the bridge will be prohibited from traveling the bridge.  Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.

The second wind restriction level is when there are sustained wind speeds or wind gusts exceeding 50 mph. At this point, only automobiles, pickup trucks, flatbed trailers, commercial buses and heavy-laden tractor/trailers are permitted to cross the bridge.  Tractor-box trailer combinations will not be permitted to cross any bridge if the gross weight is less than 64,000 pounds.

In the event of a sudden increase of sustained wind speeds or wind gusts exceeding 55mph, the MDTA may elect to discontinue the movement of traffic across the bridge.

For Statewide traffic conditions, visit md511.org .

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