Governor Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that the westbound right lane on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has been cleared of all construction and is officially re-opened to motorists. The work, which started in September 2019 and was expected to take at least two years, has been completed more than a year ahead of schedule.
“Maryland is facing significant challenges these days, and of course our primary focus is on the health and safety of our citizens amid the ongoing COVID-19 threat,” said Governor Hogan. “But 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.”
“This project was envisioned as taking two construction seasons to complete. But our dedicated employees and contractors, working to serve their neighbors and all those who use this bridge, have completed it in just over seven months – record time by any measure,” Governor Hogan added. “The men and women who have accomplished this task inspire me, and will forever have my appreciation. They give all of us confidence that Maryland can and will emerge from any challenge faster and stronger than anyone can imagine.”
While the major construction has been cleared, smaller projects are still slated to be completed in the coming months. These include some work on the westbound left lanes and implementing electronic tolling systems.