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Heavy Traffic On the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Expected This Weekend

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By Matt Bush

Traffic is expected to be heavy on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this holiday weekend as travelers head to beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.

Major Michael Kundrat of the Maryland Transportation Authority police says there's one thing motorists can do to make sure traffic on the bridge doesn't get worse.

"Make sure your vehicle is road ready," he says. "One disabled vehicle can cause an extensive backup."

Kundrat adds the speed limit is different on the two spans of the bridge this year.

"The speed limit on the Bay Bridge westbound is 45 miles per hour, due to ongoing preservation work," he says.

AAA is predicting a 6 percent increase in travel among D.C.-area residents as compared to last year. Eighty-five percent of those travelers are expected to drive to their destinations.

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