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The Maryland Transportation Authority will begin repainting the Bay Bridge this fall.
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The Maryland Transportation Authority will begin repainting the Bay Bridge this fall.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is getting a makeover, including a new coat of paint.

A nearly $20 million project is underway to repaint the bridge in its signature shade of gray, starting with the westbound span.

A spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority says most of the work is scheduled to be performed from the water to minimize the effect on traffic. This is the first complete repainting of the bridge span since it opened in 1973.

The first phase of the project includes cleaning and painting the bridge's girders to bolster its structural integrity. The second phase involves cleaning and painting its suspension spans and towers. The project is scheduled to be competed in the fall of 2012.

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