Westbound Bay Bridge traffic snarled after worker injured

Updated at 12:56 p.m.:

The westbound span of the Bay Bridge has fully reopened, but traffic is still very slow approaching the bridge. Expect delays to linger following the earlier lane closures.

Updated at 12:39 p.m.:

Two westbound lanes have reopened on the Bay Bridge, the Maryland Transportation Authority reports.

Updated at 12:32 p.m.:

One westbound lane has reopened on the Bay Bridge, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Traffic is still heavily backed up, but one lane is open and slowly moving.

Earlier:

The westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is closed after a worker was injured, creating major backups for traffic heading to Annapolis.

The worker was on a catwalk underneath the bridge participating in an ongoing painting project when he was injured at about 10:30 a.m., according to Kelly Melhem, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority.

It appears a paint can that was being lowered or handed to him hit him, causing non-life-threatening injuries, Melhem said.

But the emergency response needed to examine the worker and get him onto the bridge required shutting down all westbound lanes. The first lane was closed about 10:45 a.m., followed by all westbound traffic being halted after 11 a.m.

“If you don’t need to head towards the bridge, please don’t at this point, because we do have extensive delays,” Melhem said.

There was no timetable on when the lanes would reopen.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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