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Hatem Bridge (US 40) Bicycle Access

Starting Friday, July 1, 2016, bicyclists will be allowed to cross the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) over the Susquehanna River between Havre de Grace in Harford County and Perryville in Cecil County during designated times.

What's New

OFF-PEAK TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES TO OCCUR ON HATEM BRIDGE (US 40) FOR FIRST PHASE OF PAINTING PROJECT

STAY ALERT & SLOW DOWN IN WORK ZONES

Bicyclists are not permitted on bridge during lane closures
No scheduled lane closures on Sundays to allow bicycle access

WHAT: Work on the first phase of a rehabilitation project, which includes painting of the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40), requires off-peak temporary lane closures on the bridge to accommodate construction equipment and provide safe conditions for workers. One lane will remain open in each direction throughout the duration of the project.

WHAT bicyclists need to know: For the safety of bicyclists and motorists, bicycles are not permitted to travel on the Hatem Bridge when a lane closure is in place. During the first phase of construction, lane closures are scheduled on Saturdays, however all lanes will remain open on Sundays to allow bicycle access*. 

More information, including a monthly schedule of anticipated lane closures and cycling FAQs, can be found on the Hatem Bridge Bicycle Access webpage.

WHEN: Weather permitting, temporary lane closures can be expected Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays* from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  beginning the week of February 19, 2024. The schedule below is subject to change as the project progresses to future phases. The project is anticipated to be complete in May 2026.

*Please be advised that there may be future occasions where Sunday closures might be necessary. Bicyclists may use a taxi or ride share to cross the bridge during these times.  

  • Saturday, July 13, 2024, and Sunday, July 14, 2024
    • US-40 EAST
      • Left OR Right Lane Closure, 7am -7pm 
    • US-40 WEST
      • Left OR Right Lane Closure, 7am -7pm
  • Saturday, July 20, 2024, and Sunday, July 21, 2024
    • US-40 EAST
      •  Left OR Right Lane Closure, 7am -7pm 
    • US-40 WEST
      • Left OR Right Lane Closure, 7am -7pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2024, and Sunday, July 28, 2024
    • US-40 EAST
      • Left OR Right Lane Closure, 7am -7pm 
    • US-40 WEST
      • Left OR Right Lane Closure, 7am -7pm"

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) For Bicyclists & Motorists
  1. As a motorist, what precautions should I take when bicyclists are on the Hatem Bridge?
  2. What time of day can I ride my bike across the Hatem Bridge?
  3. What are the best times to cross?
  4. Do I have to pay a toll if riding my bike?
  5. Is there an age requirement for bicycling across the bridge?
  6. What should I do before crossing the bridge on my bike?
  7. Which lane do I use when riding my bicycle?
  8. What if there is a lane closure or an incident on the bridge?
  9. Is there a place for me to stop on or near the bridge?
  10. What should I do if my bike breaks down?
  11. Whom do I contact if I have a group of cyclists?
  12. Can I walk across the bridge or ride my skateboard, scooter or skates?
  13. When I get to the bridge, what if I decide that I do not want to cross on my bike?
  14. Where can I go to find out more information about Maryland's bike laws?
  15. Is lane sharing permitted everywhere necessary to get to the bridge?

Bridge Bike Root signs.1. As a motorist, what precautions should I take when bicyclists are on the Hatem Bridge?

  • When warning lights are flashing, indicating that a bicyclist is on the bridge, drivers are encouraged to drive at a safe speed and stay in the left lane. Trucks over five tons must use the right lane but may use the left lane to safely pass bicycles.Share the Bridge!

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2. ​What time of day can I ride my bike across the Hatem Bridge?

  • Saturday - Sunday, dawn to dusk
  • State Holidays, dawn to dusk

Note: Access might be restricted if high traffic volumes or inclement weather/high winds present a safety issue.

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3. What are the best times to cross?

  • Based on projected traffic volumes, we encourage bicyclists to cross the bridge during these recommended hours:
    • Saturday- Dawn to 10 a.m., 4 p.m. to dusk
    • Sunday- Dawn to noon, 6 p.m. to dusk
    • State Holidays- Dawn to dusk

Note: Access might be restricted if high traffic volumes or inclement weather/high winds present a safety issue.

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4. Do I have to pay a toll if riding my bike?

  • Yes, MDTA is prohibited from offering free passage to customers under our Trust Agreement. All motorists, including bikes, are responsible for their tolls.
  • Cyclists without E-ZPass may stop at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway Customer Service Center at 1 Turnpike Drive, Perryville, MD 21903 and drop their check or money order payment into the drop box provided. The secondary option would be to mail a payment to our secure lockbox at:

    Maryland Transportation Authority
    P.O. Box 12853
    Philadelphia, PA 19176-0853

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5. Is there an age requirement for bicycling across the bridge?

  • Bicyclists must be 18 years of age or older OR have a valid driver's license.

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6. What should I do before crossing the bridge on my bike?

  • Push Button To Turn On Warning Lights Sign.Bicyclists should push the designated button prior to crossing the bridge to activate warning lights that alert drivers when a bicyclist is crossing. The lights will flash for 10-15 minutes, providing the bicyclist time to safely cross the bridge.

    Even if the lights are already flashing when you arrive at the bridge, still push the button to ensure the full 10-15 minute cycle is reactivated.

    Be visible by wearing bright clothing in the daytime. Maintain your bicycle and make sure your reflectors and lights are in working condition. Wear a helmet and wear it properly!

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7. Which lane do I use when riding my bicycle?

  • Bicyclists must ride in the direction of traffic and should position themselves in the center of the right lane. Bicyclists should ride single file and follow all other rules of the road.

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8. What if there is a lane closure or an incident on the bridge?

  • If there is a lane closure or incident on the bridge, bicycle riders will not be permitted to cross the bridge at that time. They will need to wait or call for assistance.

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9. Is there a place for me to stop on or near the bridge?

  • Bicyclists are NOT permitted to stop while crossing the. If you need to pull over, find a safe location farther down eastbound or westbound US 40 away from the bridge.

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10. What should I do if my bike breaks down?

  • If safe to do so, move to the shoulder area and proceed off the bridge. If you are unable to safely move your bike, stay where you are and dial #77 for assistance.

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11. Whom do I contact if I have a group of cyclists?

  • Call the Hatem E-ZPass Support Manager at 410-537-1106 to pre-pay tolls. Call the Hatem Bridge Duty Officer at 410-537-1196 to give the MDTA Police advance notice.

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12. Can I walk across the bridge or ride my skateboard, scooter or skates?

  • Pedestrians, skateboards, scooters and skates are NOT permitted.

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13. When I get to the bridge, what if I decide that I do not want to cross on my bike?

  • Cyclists not wanting to cross the bridge by bicycle may still use a taxi or ride share to cross the bridge.

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14. Where can I go to find out more information about Maryland's bike laws?

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15. Is lane sharing permitted everywhere necessary to get to the bridge?

  • Lane sharing is permitted in many locations throughout Maryland, but cyclists must plan and check their routes the specific laws and restrictions to determine. Some bridge crossings permit lane sharing, like the Thomas J. Hatem Bridge on US 40 over the Susquehanna River and US 1 over the Conowingo Dam, while crossings are not permitted at other locations, like the William Preston Lane Memorial Bridge.

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