Some good sources for information about accidents occurring on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge are local news media, such as The Baltimore Sun's commuting report or WBAL television news, both of which have websites for the most up-to-date information. The official government website for the bridge, baybridge.maryland.gov, posts current information on bridge closures, traffic patterns and tolls.Continue Reading
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, officially named the Governor William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge, has several specific structural concerns, such as its height, the narrow width of its spans and low guardrails. Travel and Leisure magazine named it one of the scariest bridges in the world in 2010, and some local businesses located on either side of the span have established specialized services for driving nervous motorists across the bridge.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge has had several serious incidents since it opened in 1952 that resulted in major closures and traffic jams. In an effort to prevent such accidents, the Maryland Transportation Authority periodically closes the bridge or imposes restrictions on the traffic allowed across the bridge during extreme weather conditions or any other circumstances that it may consider dangerous. For example, during periods of very high winds, the bridge isn't closed entirely, but certain types of vehicles may not cross the bridge until conditions are safer.Learn more about Geography