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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials say drivers should expect more traffic than normal this weekend on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Officials say the Dew Tour skateboarding event is drawing thousands of people to Ocean City from Thursday through Sunday.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says it will implement two-way traffic operations, weather permitting, to help alleviate delays. The agency also encourages drivers to travel at off-peak hours.

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The left lane of westbound span of the Bay Bridge has been reopened after a serious two-vehicle accident shutdown traffic.

The Maryland Transportation Authority reports there were injuries.

But motorists should still expect heavy traffic and authorities are recommending avoiding westbound US 50 at this time.

Motorists are advised to call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for current traffic conditions or on Twitter - TheMDTA.

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SANDY POINT, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials say they're considering building a nesting platform for ospreys who insist on building and rebuilding nests in front of a traffic camera pointed at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

The Maryland Transportation Authority tweeted Wednesday that it is consulting with engineers about a platform after removing nests over Route 50 three times. Authority spokesman John Sales says officials got permission to move the nest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nest did not contain eggs or young birds.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A pair of ospreys whose nest had been removed by state transportation workers because it was blocking a traffic camera rebuilt the nest, only to have it removed again.

The back-and-forth between the migratory birds and the Maryland Transportation Authority began Friday when the state agency tried to move the nest on a pole that holds a traffic camera on the Bay Bridge.

Agency spokesman John Sales said officials got permission to move the nest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nest did not contain eggs or young birds.

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Many electric customers were without power last night as blustery winds hit Delaware and parts of Maryland.

At 4:45 a.m. this morning Delmarva Power still reported around 17-hundred people without power.

1,200 of those were in Somerset County.

In New Castle County there were around 300 while in Cecil County around 160 were without power.

The Delaware Department of Transportation reports that trees were downed and closed a number of roads.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Transportation Authority officials say they will spend $500,000 on signs to improve safety on the Bay Bridge before the summer travel season.

The safety upgrades announced Thursday include a new requirement that vehicles use their headlights at all times on the bridge.

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STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a power generator under the deck of Chesapeake Bay Bridge's westbound span sparked a fire that closed the bridge, backing up traffic for miles.

Lt. Shannon Callahan, Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services dispatch supervisor, says the generator was in a construction zone in the bridge's under-structure when the fire started Sunday evening.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - All lanes of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge are now open after a fire yesterday.

WUSA-TV reports that all westbound lanes had been closed for more than an hour Sunday.

WUSA says construction materials under the bridge deck caught fire. A fire engine put out the fire from above, and fire boats were checking for falling debris on a barge below.

Transportation officials said there were delays in both directions heading toward the bridge.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police in Anne Arundel County are teaming with the Maryland Transportation Authority police to conduct commercial vehicle safety inspections to help keep unsafe vehicles off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

On Tuesday, both agencies began the joint initiative. Transportation Authority Officer Tom Goloski says some tractor-trailers reach the toll plaza with brakes out of adjustment, flat tires and missing lug nuts. So police are working to get such vehicles off the road before they cross the bridge.

Most of the vehicles inspected on Tuesday were safe.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Transportation Authority Police investigation has found that distracted driving caused a July crash on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that sent a car falling 27 feet into the water.

The agency's report released Thursday says the driver of a tractor-trailer was looking at his driver's side mirror due to flashing lights behind him on July 19. He was going nearly 50 mph and didn't see traffic stopped ahead.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials say the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is safe and has had fewer accidents than most state highways, despite a recent crash that sent a car into the water and a driver swimming to safety.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident. Investigators examined the bridge Thursday and Friday and met with local transportation officials.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board says it will investigate last week's accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in which a car that collided with a tractor-trailer went over the railing and into the water.

The NTSB said Wednesday it will send two investigators from the Office of Highway Safety to Maryland to meet with local authorities about the July 19 crash. Officials say the agency will determine if there are any nationwide safety issues involved in the crash.

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After two accidents within the last few days acting Executive Secretary for the Maryland Transportation Authority Bruce Gartner is reassuring motorists that the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is not dangerous.

But he did want to remind drivers that they should use caution and abide by the speed limits and their surroundings.

Triple A Mid-Atlantic has asked the National Safety Transportation Board to look into the strength of the railings on the bridge after a car plunged into the water.

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SANDY POINT, Md. (AP) - A Calvert County woman who survived a plunge off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge after a crash says she swam to safety after deciding she didn't want to die.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police say Morgan Lake's car was hit by a tractor trailer on Friday, sending it off the bridge and into the water 40 feet below.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The man who makes the decision to close Maryland's Bay Bridge says the closure during last week's winter storm was a success.

Gordon Garrettson tells The Capital of Annapolis that there was no structural damage to the bridge, and there were no serious injuries or fatalities. He says, "As far as we're concerned - that's a win."

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Despite a tornado warning yesterday on the Eastern Shore and Delaware there were no reports of widespread damage.

But officials said there was flooding in parts of Maryland due to the heavy rains.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that storms knocked down tree limbs as heavy rains hit the peninsula.

The Maryland Transportation Authority imposed wind restrictions at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge for vehicles such as house and empty box trailers as well as motor homes.

Authorities do not expect the Bay Bridge to allow two-way traffic on the westbound span.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland transportation officials have declared the Chesapeake Bay bridge safe for travel after unscheduled inspections that snarled morning commuter traffic.

The inspections forced the closure of the westbound span of the bridge Tuesday morning, resulting in huge traffic backups.

The westbound span was reopened to traffic at noon.

Officials said the westbound lanes of the bridge were closed Monday night after workers reported unusual vertical movement. 

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Expect delays on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge today.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says that the westbound span will be closed for inspection.

The Authority says that there was unusual and slight vertical movement on the bridge last night.

Workers were ordered off the span.

Inspectors are set to go over the bridge during the light of day.

The eastbound span of the Bay Bridge will be open to two-way traffic.