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Steel plates on Bay Bridge are gone

Steel plates on Bay Bridge are gone

Maryland Transportation Authority photo

The last of the sections of the new deck of the  westbound span of the Bay Bridge is installed.

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Regular users of the Bay Bridge may notice a big improvement in the ride this week: The steel plates that were used as a temporary roadway surface during the seemingly endless deck replacement project on the westbound span are gone.

According to Maryland Transportation Authority spokeswoman Kelly Melhem, the last of the plates was removed Sunday morning -- along with the signs warning motorcyclists of their presence.

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The absence of the plates is a sign that the 3 1/2-year deck replacement project is drawing to a close. The last of the 156 deck sections on the through-truss  part of the  span was iinstalled last month. The only remaining work to be completed, apart from "punch list" items,  is what is known as "grinding and grooving" the surface to provide a smoother ride.

Melhem said that once that work is completed -- within the next few weeks --- the deck replacement work will be complete and the overnight closings that have been a regular event on the bridge since 2006 will be a thing of the past. (There will still be closings from time to time, because the bridge is a coonstant work in progress, but they won't be as frequent.)

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