BALTIMORE – The Maryland Transportation Authority will temporarily shut down traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (US 50/301) and Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) during the passage of ships using four large cranes on Thursday, September 9th lock both directions. For safety reasons, traffic stops are used to ensure that drivers are not distracted when crossing these bridges while the cranes are passing under the structures. The traffic obstruction is expected to last around 15 to 30 minutes.

The estimated transit time of the ships takes place in the morning at the Bay Bridge and in the afternoon at the Key Bridge. The exact times will not be set until 24 hours prior to arrival and will be on Wednesday 9th August, at which time passage under these bridges is not expected to affect morning or afternoon rush hour.

Times and duration depend on the progress of the ship. This transport is weather dependent.

For real-time updates on this event, follow MDTA on Twitter at, view the feed at, or call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for traffic conditions to find out the clock in the bay bridge.

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