By Bruce Cohen - June 13, 2016
On Friday, July 1, 2016, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Maryland Transportation Administration (MdTA) will begin allowing bicyclists to cross the Route 40 Thomas J. Hatem Bridge at the Susquehanna River near Havre de Grace and Perryville, Maryland. It is a 1.3 mile, four-lane (two lanes in each direction) toll bridge, with a posted 45 mph speed limit. Concrete barriers are on both sides of the crossing lanes and there are no shoulders.
Since the bridge opens on a very busy holiday weekend, MdTA is restricting bicycle crossing to times when the traffic volume is forecast to be lighter than at other periods between Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4 based on historical data.
Available crossing times opening weekend are:
The East Coast Greenway and Bike Maryland intend to man information stands at the bridge at various periods throughout the holiday weekend. It would be helpful if you are planning to ride your bike across the bridge between July 1-4, that you register. This is voluntary, but it will give both MdTA and us an idea of potential usage.
By offering both rider and volunteer registration, neither Bike Maryland or East Coast Greenway are assuming any risks or liability for any consequences that might arise from individuals choosing to ride across the bridge or participate in volunteer activities. This not a Bike Maryland or East Coast Greenway promoted or sponsored bicycle ride or event.
Groups that want to Pre Pay Tolls
The group leaders may contact the Hatem Bridge Toll Manager, Patricia Keeton at 410-537-1106 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact her at least a week prior to the event as prepayment will be required prior to passage. She will also be able to inform the group leader which lane will be dedicated to the groups passage. Please provide the count and times for the events.
In addition, we could sure use some volunteers to help man information stands.
To ensure the safety of bicyclists crossing the bridge, MdTA has implemented the following rules.
To help make your cycling experience across the bridge is safe, the following suggestions are recommended:
Before you head out to Havre de Grace and Perryville both opening weekend and whenever you are going to cross the Hatem Bridge, be sure to check for updates on the status of the bridge. If traffic volume is too great, or other adverse conditions exist, MTA may suspend bicycle crossings. Alerts will be posted on Twitter @TheMdTA, and on the MdTA website .