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Hogan says Bay Bridge work will be finished this summer

January 28, 2020 GMT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A rehabilitation project on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will be complete by this summer, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday.

In addition to wrapping up work on the westbound right lane, all-electronic tolling will be implemented by then as well, the governor said.

“I am pleased to announce that this project will be completed a full year ahead of schedule, and that all lanes on the Bay Bridge will be open by summer of 2020,” Hogan said.

After work on the bridge caused long traffic backups, Hogan directed transportation officials in October to expedite the schedule of the project.

The deck rehabilitation project began in September 2019, after more than a decade of deferred maintenance resulted in severe deterioration of the westbound right lane, the governor’s office said.

With all-electronic tolling, cash is not accepted as payment, and drivers do not have to stop to pay tolls, because they are collected electronically.