The Washington Times - September 13, 2011, 11:22AM

The southbound lanes of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge closed for several hours Tuesday morning after a barge ran into a section of the 4.5-mile structure, according to bridge officials and wire reports.

Traffic was moving freely by 9:15 a.m., roughly six hours after the barge hit the southbound span. Traffic alternated north and south along the northbound lanes while crews were dispatched to site of the collision to check for damage. No injuries were reported.

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The 47-year-old bridge is officially know as the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bay Bridge. It connects Maryland’s eastern an western shore.