The first expenditure out of an estimated $300 million pledged to upgrade the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will come this year when signs are installed to remind drivers about safety and traffic tieups on the span.
The Maryland Transportation Authority plans to spend $500,000 in toll revenue this year to make and install the signs, many of them electronic, along the bridge, reports The Baltimore Sun.
The MdTA plans to spend $300 million on bridge improvements ove the next six years, including painting, upgrading the bridge's decks and suspension cables.
Signs will be installed during non-peak periods and will not affect traffic, officials said.
The signs will warn drivers on the bridge of their current speed; that their headlights must be turned on; of impending curves; of the bridge's 40 mph speed limit; of any congestion ahead; and that tailgating is prohibited, the newspaper says.