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Fundraiser, auto race expected to jam Bay Bridge this weekend

A benefit motorcycle ride and a NASCAR race in Dover, Del., are expected to create heavy traffic this weekend at the Bay Bridge, the Maryland Transportation Authority said Wednesday.

About 600 motorcyclists will cross the span at about 10 a.m. Saturday as part of the Ride Across Maryland event to benefit Komen for the Cure. Officials will direct participants to the far-right side of the toll plaza before allowing them to cross.

In addition, eastbound traffic is expected to increase throughout the weekend as fans travel to and from the Sprint Cup race.

Weather permitting, the transportation authority will set up two-way traffic on what is normally the westbound span to help alleviate delays. In addition, officials suggest motorists travel at off-peak hours: Thursday and Friday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.; Saturday before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.; and Sunday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

Motorists can check traffic conditions at 511md.org by calling 1-877-BAYSPAN (1-877-229-7726) or by visiting baybridge.com to view footage from live traffic cameras at the bridge and to sign up for traffic and email alerts.

Candy.thomson@baltsun.com

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