Wind restrictions cause major delays at Bay Bridge

High winds nearing 40 mph at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Friday afternoon and night caused major delays on eastbound Route 50, with traffic backed up as far as 10 miles from the bridge toll plaza during rush hour, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The back-up began about 3:30 p.m., when warnings of wind gusts between 30 and 39 mph on the bridge prevented authorities from opening two-way traffic to allow for a heavier eastbound flow. Traffic quickly started stacking up.

Around rush hour, the back-up reached to Interstate 97, about 10 miles, officials said.

The back-up remained a mile long as late as 9:30 p.m.

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