STEVENSVILLE – More than 25,000 runners will cross the Bay Bridge Sunday, November 8, and although planners have been working hard to minimize disruptions to local traffic and citizens, a major event of this size will cause some interruptions.
The anticipated closure timeline for the eastbound span of the bridge will be 2 a.m. until 1 p.m. - an 11 hour window. Runners will be on the eastbound span beginning at 7 a.m. and leaving in waves of 1,500 to 2,000 participants every 15 minutes until 9:30 a.m. The last participants are expected to be off of the bridge before Noon. The actual closure time of the bridge during peak traffic hours will be the 5 hours from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
During the event, the westbound span will be split into one lane of Eastbound traffic and one lane of Westbound traffic to avoid a full closure. The middle lane will serve as an emergency services lane.
To ease congestion, participants will be parking at designated sites in Annapolis and on the Eastern Shore with shuttle services connecting both participants and spectators to race locations.
Queen Anne’s County Emergency Management System will be operating an Eastern Shore Incident Command Center (ICC) that will serve as the counterpart to the primary Unified Command Center which will gather in the MDTA Bay Bridge Police Headquarters on the Western Shore. The county also has representation from the Sheriff’s Office, Economic Development & Tourism, SHA and Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department.
MDTA Police will handle much of the police staffing for the event, including directing Route 8 traffic.
The QAC Sheriff’s Office’s will assist with safely getting 25,000 people from Pier One Road, where the participants exit the bridge, up Route 8 and across the finish line in Chesapeake Bay Business Park.
Organizers have a detailed Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) plan for the event, produced with assistance from engineers at the MDTA. The MOT plan includes detours for eastbound US 50 to Route 8 and Route 8 to westbound US 50. An approved MOT contractor will execute the plans.
For more information on the event, go to bridgerace.com or call Faith Elliott Rossing at 410-758-0322 x2130.
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