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For Immediate Release:  June 27, 2008

Take Some Tips From Spike & Otis! 

BALTIMORE, MD -- The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) anticipates more than 317,000 vehicles will travel the Bay Bridge this July 4 holiday (Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6) -- a 2% decrease from 2007 traffic figures.

Traffic projections are down due to the decreased travel experienced during the Memorial Day holiday, increased fuel prices and recent economic events.

Spike and Otis, your favorite seagulls, remind motorists: Don’t wing it. Plan ahead.

  • Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (1-877-229-7726) for 24/7 traffic conditions at the bridge.
  • Visit to view live traffic cameras at the bridge and to sign up for traffic and email alerts.
  • To avoid significant delays, travel off-peak and Explore the Shore! when heading to and from Ocean City.  The best times to travel the Bay Bridge include:
    • Thursdays – before 2 p.m.
    • Fridays – before noon and after 8 p.m.
    • Saturdays – before 7 a.m. and between 5 and 10 p.m.
    • Sundays – between 7 and 11 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Ease your travel with E-ZPass®. Visit to enroll on-line and for a complete list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.
  • Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals. The speed limit for the Bay Bridge’s westbound span is 45 mph because of ongoing preservation work.
  • Stay alert -- do not change lanes while traveling over the bridge.
  • Make sure your vehicle is “road ready”-- one disabled vehicle can cause extensive backups.

The Authority will lift construction-related lane closures at the Bay Bridge 5 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, through 10 p.m. on Monday, July 7. The MDTA Police will increase patrols during the holiday weekend. Officers will also hit the roads July 7 -11 for the second wave of the Smooth Operator Program, which seeks to increase traffic enforcement through a multi-state campaign targeting aggressive drivers.  The program also aims to improve public awareness about aggressive driving.

While Bay Bridge Preservation Project deck replacement is on hiatus during the peak-travel months, other work continues on the bridge’s westbound span.  Additional information and scheduled lane closures are available at

The Maryland Transportation Authority is an independent State agency that finances, owns and operates the State’s seven toll facilities. The Authority’s eight Members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the State Senate, serve as the agency’s policy-setting and governing body. Maryland's Secretary of Transportation serves as Authority Chairman.

Kelly Melhem or
Teri Moss

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