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Hogan proposes some fixes but says Bay Bridge backups won’t ‘magically disappear’

October 16th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he is “furious” about severe traffic gridlock caused by a two-year repair project on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, but that delaying the work could lead to “catastrophic” and potentially life-threatening safety risks.

Speaking at a Maryland Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday several weeks after the $27 million project began, Hogan said there is nothing state officials can do to make the sometimes miles-long traffic backups “magically disappear.”

But he promised urgent action to ease some of the problems and to speed up the project, which include:

  • Ordering contractors to work on the bridge re-decking project 24 hours a day.
  • Eliminating all tolls booths and moving to fully electronic tolling at the bridge “as soon as possible.”
  • Considering the use of faster-drying concrete to speed up the project.
  • Tasking state troopers to help improve the flow of traffic.

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