With the summer travel season underway and the July 4th holiday falling on a Monday this year, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) anticipates heavy traffic volumes on the Bay Bridge Thursday, June 30, through Monday, July 4.

Weather permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way traffic operations to help alleviate eastbound delays.

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:

· Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include :

  • Thursday - before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Friday/Sunday- before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Saturday - before 6 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Monday, 4th of July - before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions. Visit to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.

MDTA Police patrols will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at the Bay Bridge on July 3.

For your SAFETY and the SAFETY of other motorists and emergency personnel:

· Devote your full attention to driving - it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.

· Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.

· Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.

· Move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.

· Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.

· Buckle Up! Every Seat. Every Time.

· Keep your eyes on the road - do not sight-see.

· Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.

· Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."

· If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.

· When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:

  • The location of the emergency;
  • A call-back telephone number; and
  • Details of the incident.

The E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center will be closed on Monday, July 4. Visit or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.

The MDTA thanks motorists for partnering with us. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!