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Watch for Harry Nice Bridge restrictions

According to a King George County alert there are no plans to close the Route 301 bridge, but there are restrictions that could take effect if the wind picks up as expected.

According to the Maryland Transportation Authority, when winds reach speeds of 40 to 49 mph, certain vehicles are not allowed to use the bridge, including house trailers, empty box trailers “or any vehicle that, in the opinion of law-enforcement personnel, may not safely cross the bridge …”

The National Weather Service is predicting wind gusts of up to 60 mph in the area.

Here are the Harry Nice Bridge’s full wind restrictions from the authority:

Wind Warning – Sustained wind speeds or wind gusts of 30-39 mph

When wind warnings are in effect, operators of house trailers, box trailers, motorcycles, vehicles with roof-mount racks containing cargo or any other vehicle that may be subject to high winds are advised to use caution while traveling across the bridge.

Wind Restriction I – Sustained wind speeds or wind gusts of 40-49 mph

When wind restrictions are implemented, house trailers, empty box trailers or any vehicle that, in the opinion of law-enforcement personnel, may not safely cross the bridge will be prohibited from traveling the bridge. Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.

Wind Restriction II – Sustained wind speeds or wind gusts exceeding 50 mph

Only automobiles, pickup trucks, flatbed trailers, commercial buses and heavy-laden tractor/trailers are permitted to cross the bridge. Tractor-box trailer combinations will not be permitted to cross any bridge if the gross weight is less than 64,000 pounds.

Traffic Holds / Bridge Closures - Sustained wind speeds or wind gusts exceeding 55 mph

In the event of a sudden increase of sustained wind speeds or wind gusts that could jeopardize life or property, the MDTA may elect to discontinue the movement of traffic across the bridge.

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