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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #325 on: January 22, 2020, 06:35:15 PM »

^^^

Don't they lock the gates on the entrance to the US 301 rest area when it closes, and it closes up at a very early hour, like 5 or 6 p.m.?
I believe so.  I think it's open 10am-5pm or something really short.
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #326 on: February 03, 2020, 09:00:29 AM »

^^^

Don't they lock the gates on the entrance to the US 301 rest area when it closes, and it closes up at a very early hour, like 5 or 6 p.m.?
I believe so.  I think it's open 10am-5pm or something really short.

I was not aware of this, and this sucks.

I did note one error in my prior statement, There are no major truck stop chains in DE....once you turn off 95 to get onto DE1/US301. Technically you got the T/A and Flying J right over the state line in Elkton MD, so i could consider that serving DE truck traffic.
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #327 on: February 03, 2020, 04:18:36 PM »

^^^

Don't they lock the gates on the entrance to the US 301 rest area when it closes, and it closes up at a very early hour, like 5 or 6 p.m.?
I believe so.  I think it's open 10am-5pm or something really short.

I was not aware of this, and this sucks.

I did note one error in my prior statement, There are no major truck stop chains in DE....once you turn off 95 to get onto DE1/US301. Technically you got the T/A and Flying J right over the state line in Elkton MD, so i could consider that serving DE truck traffic.

And once you cross the bridge into NJ there's a few truck stops as well. 

But for trucks coming from Maryland via anything except 95, and headed on any route to PA, there are no major name truck stops anywhere thru Philly and back into NJ.
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #328 on: February 04, 2020, 11:10:19 AM »

And once you cross the bridge into NJ there's a few truck stops as well. 

But for trucks coming from Maryland via anything except 95, and headed on any route to PA, there are no major name truck stops anywhere thru Philly and back into NJ.

There is a truck stop on U.S. 301 in Centreville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland.

There is also one off of I-97 in Millersville, Anne Arundel County, Maryland (but stopping there is a detour for trucks driving the U.S. 301 corridor and wanting to cross the Chesapeake Bay on the WPL Bridge).
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #329 on: February 04, 2020, 07:03:39 PM »

And once you cross the bridge into NJ there's a few truck stops as well. 

But for trucks coming from Maryland via anything except 95, and headed on any route to PA, there are no major name truck stops anywhere thru Philly and back into NJ.

There is a truck stop on U.S. 301 in Centreville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland.

The Trailway Truck Stop at 301 and 304, just east of the interchange (S/E corner of same).

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There is also one off of I-97 in Millersville, Anne Arundel County, Maryland (but stopping there is a detour for trucks driving the U.S. 301 corridor and wanting to cross the Chesapeake Bay on the WPL Bridge).

The New Transit Truck Stop, wedged between the Veterans Hwy. and I-97 itself.  S/B truckers have to overshoot it by 1/4 mile, exit at exit 10A, then turn left on Vets Hwy. and double back.

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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #330 on: March 22, 2020, 03:55:55 PM »

The MDTA has had a request for proposals to replace large parts of the WPL Bridge span deck on the eastbound side of the crossing out since 2019.  The deadline for contractors to respond is in April 15, 2020. 

They are not planning to replace all of the deck in one big contract.  This proposed contract covers the deck truss part of the span from where the deck truss begins prior to the suspension span, does not include the suspension span itself, then continues along the section between the suspension span and the cantilever structure as as the bridge approaches the Kent Island side of the crossing. This project will replace about 42% of the eastbound bridge deck, make the deck about 4 feet wider, and MDTA is suggesting that it will take 550 days to complete the project.

The contract documents are available until the contract submission deadline on April 15, 2020 here.
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #331 on: April 01, 2020, 08:51:56 AM »

I was looking at bay bridge traffic cameras thru the MDOT CHART website yesterday and noticed that MDTA was quietly finished with the right-lane deck replacement project on the WB span.  I think their goal had been before Memorial Day, so they might have been taking advantage of the empty roads recently to finish the project quicker.

I then found this article about it this morning:

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/westbound-work-on-bay-bridge-complete-lanes-reopen/32003572#
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #332 on: April 01, 2020, 09:47:40 AM »

Traffic has been down for about 3 weeks. I doubt they could complete a year's worth of work in a short time span...with almost no advanced planning to do so.

Could also be there's other work to be done...just off the roadway or out of sight of the traveler.
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #333 on: April 01, 2020, 09:51:22 AM »

I was looking at bay bridge traffic cameras thru the MDOT CHART website yesterday and noticed that MDTA was quietly finished with the right-lane deck replacement project on the WB span.  I think their goal had been before Memorial Day, so they might have been taking advantage of the empty roads recently to finish the project quicker.
Last time I crossed the bridge, I noticed that a large length of the barriers had been removed.
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #334 on: April 01, 2020, 10:29:58 AM »

It has been a very mild winter also...so maybe there was opportunity to do more of the work than normal...assuming that there were probably weather contingencies built into the original schedule.
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #335 on: April 01, 2020, 10:44:37 AM »

WTOP reports the State cites both favorable weather and reduced traffic as the reasons for getting it done early:

https://wtop.com/maryland/2020/04/construction-ends-on-the-bay-bridges-westbound-span-a-year-early/
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #336 on: April 01, 2020, 11:11:49 AM »

WTOP reports the State cites both favorable weather and reduced traffic as the reasons for getting it done early:

https://wtop.com/maryland/2020/04/construction-ends-on-the-bay-bridges-westbound-span-a-year-early/

Here it is straight from the source:

https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/04/01/governor-hogan-announces-bay-bridge-westbound-right-lane-reopened-today-more-than-a-year-ahead-of-schedule/

Hogan originally directed MDTA to expedite the project last fall after those first few weekends where there was outrage over the 10+ mile delays.  For example, I think the original plan had been to reopen the lane temporarily during the Thanksgiving travel period, but instead they kept it closed throughout the project.
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #337 on: April 01, 2020, 09:50:42 PM »

I don't have access to this comPost article, but it says that the westbound bridge now has all three lanes open.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge westbound span fully reopens ahead of schedule

Jerks … they won't even let me copy the URL.  It is linked here --
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/traffic-commuting/
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #338 on: April 01, 2020, 10:29:21 PM »

I don't have access to this comPost article, but it says that the westbound bridge now has all three lanes open.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge westbound span fully reopens ahead of schedule

Jerks … they won't even let me copy the URL.  It is linked here --
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/traffic-commuting/

Well, yeah, jmacs already linked a story where it says the same thing.
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #339 on: April 01, 2020, 10:29:32 PM »

I don't have access to this comPost article, but it says that the westbound bridge now has all three lanes open.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge westbound span fully reopens ahead of schedule

Jerks … they won't even let me copy the URL.  It is linked here --
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/traffic-commuting/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/chesapeake-bay-bridge-westbound-span-fully-reopens-ahead-of-schedule/2020/04/01/6d2b9cb8-741b-11ea-87da-77a8136c1a6d_story.html

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Repairs to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge were completed this week — more than a month ahead of schedule, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday.

Hogan (R) said unusually light traffic due to motorists staying home amid the coronavirus pandemic helped the work be completed quickly.

The right lane of the westbound span, which has been closed since September, reopened Wednesday morning.

The project, which took seven months, was completed far ahead of its initial two-year schedule. Hogan ordered the work to be accelerated in the fall after massive traffic jams ensued on both sides of the bridge.

In addition to lighter traffic, Hogan credited round-the-clock shifts and warm weather for helping to accelerate the work. State transportation officials also have said they saved time by requiring contractors to add crews and continue work through the busy Thanksgiving travel week.

“The folks on the [Eastern] shore that were having difficulty getting back and forth, hopefully that part of the problem is behind us, and we can get on to other things,” Hogan said Wednesday on WGMD News Radio.

In a news release, Hogan added that while state officials are focused on the public health crisis, “It’s important to celebrate the reopening of the westbound right lane of the Bay Bridge because for me it represents the spirit, dedication and work ethic that will see our state through any crisis.”

Hogan has designated construction, including residential and private development, as “essential” and those workers exempt from his stay-at-home order.

The $27 million bridge project entailed replacing the concrete bridge deck in the westbound span’s right lane, which state transportation officials said had badly deteriorated to the point of becoming unsafe.

The four-mile bridge is the main crossing between the Baltimore-Washington region and the Eastern Shore, both for Eastern Shore commuters heading west for work and for eastbound beachgoers who pack it on weekends throughout the spring, summer and fall.

The repair work brought unprecedented misery, as motorists trying to get around the backups on U.S. 50 approaching the bridge jammed side roads on Kent Island. School buses were late, and local businesses said they suffered because customers and employees could not reach them.

Traffic also backed up in the Annapolis area when the westbound span could not be opened for two-way operations to accommodate late-afternoon and evening traffic headed back to the Eastern Shore.

Work remains on schedule to begin all-electronic tolling on the bridge by summer, officials said. Doing so will reduce backups by allowing all motorists to proceed without having to stop at toll booths. Motorists without an ­E-ZPass transponder will be mailed a bill based on a photo of their license plate.

Some work will continue in the westbound span’s center and left lanes during overnight and off-peak hours, but “minimal” traffic delays are expected, officials said. Workers also are continuing to replace overhead signal gantries on the westbound span.

The lighter traffic volumes also are allowing workers to speed up the installation of automated gates along westbound U.S. 50 on the Eastern Shore that will allow maintenance crews to start and cut off two-way traffic on the span more safely and quickly, officials said. That work will entail single-lane closures on or approaching the bridge during midday and off-peak hours.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Greg Slater commended contractors “for rising to the challenge” of finishing the work amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“This will be one less thing for Marylanders to be concerned about as we rise out of our health crisis,” Slater said.
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #340 on: April 01, 2020, 10:38:58 PM »

Nope, paywalled out.  I could always go to another machine, if I really want to see the article, I have two Win 10 machines and two Win 7 machines.
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Re: US 50/301(Chesapeake Bay Bridge)
« Reply #341 on: May 06, 2020, 08:35:00 AM »

MDTA announced yesterday that the new toll gantry on the Kent Island side is being activated on May 12th:

https://mdta.maryland.gov/blog-category/mdta-news-releases/mdta-beat-another-summer-goal-bay-bridge-drivers-new-all-electronic
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