Tolls: The bridge toll is only collected one way. The toll booth is located on the western shore (Annapolis) side of the Bridge. Visit the Mdta website for the current toll rates. The EZPass Toll Collection System works at the Bay Bridge. (EZPass is the automatic toll collection system that can be used throughout Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York - www.ezpassmd.com
Driver Information: Here is some important Chesapeake Bay Bridge Information for drivers, provided by the Maryland Transportation Authority.
Drivers should maintain a higher level of awareness when traveling on bridges. For your safety and that of your passengers and fellow drivers:
Obey and maintain posted speed limits. Bridges do not have full road shoulders and, therefore, do not offer motorists the same maneuvering space found on other roadways to avoid accidents.
Obey overhead-lane-use-control signals for traffic control. The meanings of these overhead signals are as follows:
A steady DOWNWARD GREEN ARROW means that you are permitted to drive in the lane over which the GREEN ARROW signal is located.
A steady YELLOW X means that you should prepare to vacate the lane over which the YELLOW X signal is located and move to a lane with a DOWNWARD GREEN ARROW.
A steady RED X means that the lane is closed and you must not use it.
On the Bay Bridge, traffic speeds tend to vary due to traffic volume, bridge grade and curvature, and scenic vistas. Motorists should use extreme caution and resist the temptation to sightsee while on the bridge. Adherence to overhead-lane-use-control signals and posted speed limits is strictly enforced. Fines are doubled in workzones.
Drivers traveling the Bay Bridge should exercise special caution when a "two-way" traffic configuration is in effect.
When speed-limit signs are superseded by reduced speed limits on variable message signs, drivers must obey the reduced speed limit.
If you have a cellular telephone, please report disabled vehicles by dialing #77. If reporting an accident, call 911.
If your vehicle becomes disabled on the bridge, turn on your emergency flashers and wait for Maryland Transportation Authority Police assistance. In addition, the Authority's Vehicle Recovery Technicians are stationed at the facility to render assistance between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.
NOTE: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk has been cancelled for the last several years due to on-going construction projects and security concerns and cost. Related news article.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk: Each spring, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge closes one span to traffic for a day in order to let pedestrian walk the span. The walk is usually held on the first Sunday in May. The annual Bay Bridge Walk has become a regional attraction that usually brings 40,000 to 60,000 participants to walk the bridge and enjoy the view. Two way traffic is handled on the second span during the walk. The walk is approximately 4.5 miles. Participants must park at one of the MdTA designated parking lots and take shuttle buses to the starting point of the walk. Shuttles will return you to your parking lot after you finish your walk.
If you plan on doing the Bay Bridge Walk, plan on arriving early. Parking lots fill up by 10:00 am.
The Governor's Bay Bridge Run is held in conjunction with the Bay Bridge Walk. The Governors Bay Bridge Run is a 10k foot race over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge conducted by the Annapolis Striders Inc. with the help of volunteers, the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Bay Bridge Walk. The race is run in the morning, before the walkers enter the Bridge. Visit the Annapolis Striders website for more information.
Updare: NEW - An "Accross the Bay 10K" has been schedule for November 9, 2014. General registration begins November 9th, 2013. See detailsat www.bridgerace.com.
The William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge. The official Maryland Transportation Authority website.
Live Chesapeake Bay Bridge Traffic Webcams. View the MdTA traffic cams for US 50 at Sandy Point (western shore side) and US 50 at MD 8 (eastern shore side).
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Facts and History. Wikipedia has a good article about the Bay Bridge including the history construction and renovations, plus some structural details.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Area Hotels. Find hotels in the Kent Island, Graysonville area of the Eastern Shore.