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MDTA News and Infromation.

The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) offers the following travel tips for the fall season: 

GAME PLAN for your travels. 

  •                  For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA                 
  •                  Ease your travel with E-ZPass.  Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.
  •                 Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
  •                 Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.
  •                 Know Before You Go - call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.  To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, click on the Traffic Cameras.
  •                 For all toll rates, use our online Toll Rate Calculator.
  •                 Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 in your travels.

I-95 South of Fort McHenry Tunnel:  A major rehabilitation project is underway on I-95 in Baltimore City.  Motorists are urged to take the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) or the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) if their destinations are north or south of Baltimore.  Project details and the latest traffic advisories are available at http://www.mdta.maryland.gov/Capital_Projects/I-95_Southern_Approach_to_the_FMT_Preservation_Project/Home.html

Please be aware of safety signage on the Bay Bridge, including:                                      

·         MANDATORY HEADLIGHT USE AREA signs along both the westbound and eastbound bridges, which were installed in May. Headlights are required at all times on the bridge.

  •         Curve warning signs and 40 mph speed-limit signs prior to curves on both bridges;
  •         CONGESTION AHEAD signs on both bridges;
  •         YOUR SPEED IS driver feedback signs on both bridges; and
  •         DO NOT TAILGATE signs on both bridges.

For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:

·                 Watch for patches of wet leaves on the road. Once leaves become wet, they can present slippery & dangerous driving conditions.

·                 When driving in fog, motorists should use low beam headlights since the high beam setting creates glare and reduces visibility.

·                 The risk of deer/vehicle collisions is greatest during autumn and early winter. Two-thirds of these crashes occur in October, November and December. Stay alert. 

·                 Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.

·                 State law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.

 ·                 Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.

·                 Pay attention to lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge westbound span.  Lane changes between the westbound left and center lanes are prohibited for the entire span, whether or not two-way operations are in effect.

·                 Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.

·                 Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see. 

·                 If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.

·                 State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle using visual signals.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.

Please use caution, reduce speeds and increase following distances when traveling on wet roads.  Turn on your lights to increase your visibility.

On all MDTA bridges, wind warnings and restrictions would be implemented as outlined below:

  • Wind Warning (sustained wind speeds or wind gusts of 30-39 mph) 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) 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 Closure (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.

Reminder:  If driving on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95), the Chesapeake and Maryland House Travel Plazas are both open for service.

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To Our Valued E-ZPass Maryland Customers,

We want to alert you that several phony emails are circulating informing E-ZPass Maryland customers to pay their toll debt online.  This is a "phishing" email seeking to obtain your personal information.  Under no circumstance does E-ZPass Maryland ever request personal information via email. 

While E-ZPass Maryland periodically sends marketing emails for upcoming events, projects or surveys, we will never send an unsolicited email demanding payment or requesting sensitive personal information such as credit card information, social security numbers, user names, passwords, etc. 

If you are contacted by anyone stating that they are from E-ZPass Maryland and they are seeking personal information, DO NOT provide the information requested.  We encourage you to report phony emails to the FBIs Internet Crime Complaint Center on their website at www.ic3.gov. You can also call our E-ZPass Maryland Service Center at 1-888-321-6824 if you have any questions about your account information.

Thank you

What is the Move Over Law?  Watch three brief YouTube educational videos to learn more about Maryland's Move Over Law:

 

 

The E-ZPass Maryland
Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Stop-in Center

Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Stop-in Center will be CLOSED June 9 - 13 for renovations.  The Stop-in Center will re-open on June 16.

The Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) and Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) Stop-in Centers will be OPEN during this time.

Fort McHenry Tunnel: 3990 Leland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224
(7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday)

Key Bridge: 303 Authority Dr., Baltimore, MD 21222
(7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday)

www.ezpassmd.com or 1-888-321-6824 to update
account information and make payments via credit card.

Thank you for your understanding.

Download Flyer:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

MDTA POLICE TO HOST RECRUITMENT
EVENT FOR POLICE CADETS

"Join the Ranks"

BALTIMORE, MD  The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will host its fifth annual Police Cadet Career Night:

MDTA) Police will host its fifth annual Police Cadet Career Night:

Friday, March 21, 2014
5 - 7:30 p.m.

MDTA Police Headquarters
4330 Broening Highway, Baltimore, MD 21222

"We look forward to hosting this unique recruiting event each year," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Michael T. Kundrat. "This is a fantastic opportunity for high school seniors or recent graduates to learn all about our cadet program and what it has to offer."

Police cadets are young men and women (ages 17-20) who are interested in a career in law enforcement, but are not old enough to become police officers. MDTA Police cadets receive training and work alongside MDTA Police officers until they are eligible to enter the MDTA Police Training Academy.

"The MDTA Police cadet program offers more than a job -- its an excellent opportunity to start a career that offers professional growth and development," said MDTA Police Recruitment Commander 1st Sgt. Arthur Brown. "With our college tuition reimbursement program, MDTA Police cadets have the potential to earn an associate of arts degree upon completion of the MDTA Police Training Academy at age 21."

Following a presentation, a written test will be offered for those who are interested in "Joining the Ranks."

For additional information, call 1-877-890-8827 or visit mdtapolicerecruiting.com and click on the link for MDTA Police Cadet Career Night. Individuals interested in attending should reserve their seats by filling out the confirmation form and following the online instructions.

The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) offers the following travel tips for the spring months: 

Don’t Wing It. Plan Ahead! 

  • Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.
  • Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.
  • Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
  • Know Before You Go - call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.  To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, click on the Traffic Cameras.
  • Check Traffic Advisories for MDTA scheduled construction and maintenance projects.
  • Ease your travel with E-ZPass.  Visit ezpassmd.com  to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.
  • For MDTA toll rates, use our online Toll Rate Calculator.
  • Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 in your travel plans.

Weather permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way traffic operations to help alleviate delays on the Bay Bridge.   

For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:

  •                  Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
  •                  Law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.
  •                  Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  •                  Move over when passing an emergency situation.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  •                  Slow down in work zones. Lives are on the line.
  •                  Wipers on, headlights on.
  •                  Pay attention to lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge westbound span.  Lane changes between the westbound left and center lanes are prohibited for the entire span, whether or not two-way operations are in effect.
  •                  Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.
  •                  Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.
  •                  Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see. 
  •                  Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”
  •                  If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.

Please use caution, reduce speeds and increase following distances when traveling on wet roads.  Turn on your lights to increase your visibility.

Seasonal Tips:

  •                  Icy conditions may still be present during overnight and morning periods.
  •                  Always be alert for motorcycles, as they can be hard to spot.
  •                  Watch out for increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
  •                  Spring is an active season for wildlife.  Stay alert for animals on the move.
  •                  When driving in fog, motorists should use low beam headlights since the high beam setting creates glare and reduces visibility.
  •                  Precipitation along with the winter freeze-thaw cycle produces potholes.  As crews statewide continue their repair process, please use caution and slow down if you encounter a pothole in your travels.

To report a pothole located on a Maryland toll facility road please email: mdta.maryland.gov

 

On all MDTA bridges, wind warnings and restrictions would be implemented as outlined below:

  • Wind Warning (sustained wind speeds or wind gusts of 30-39 mph) 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) 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 Closure (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.

 

Timeline for I-95 Travel Plaza Redevelopment:

·                 The new Maryland House is open for service; Chesapeake House closed for reconstruction.

·                 Summer/Fall 2014: Chesapeake House reopens for service.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 30, 2014

Contact:          John Sales

410-537-1017

 

 

 

TOLL BOOTH REPLACEMENT PROJECT UNDERWAY

AT FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL (I-95)

  

WHAT:           Through April 1, at least one toll lane will be closed for construction during daytime hours.  The toll lanes on either side of the affected toll lane also may be closed each night.

                        All oversized (permit) vehicles should continue to use the far right toll lane at the toll plaza (Toll Lane 1 northbound, Toll Lane 24 southbound).  If the far right toll lane is closed, drivers must queue and wait for the toll lane to be opened.  Permit vehicle drivers must call 410-537-1230 at least one hour prior to arrival at the toll plaza and provide notice of intent to travel.

WHEN:          One toll lane in each direction may be continuously closed (24/7) until booth replacement is complete. One adjacent toll lane may be closed between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning.  The second adjacent toll lane may be closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning.

WHY:              Work is for the toll booth replacement project currently underway by Facchina Construction Company, Inc. at the tunnel toll plaza.  Replacing the nearly 30-year-old toll booths is one of many MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) system preservation projects.

Note: Motorists should pay attention to the highway message signs on the roadway approaching the toll plaza and listen to the Highway Advisory Radio (1610 AM) at the tunnel for information on which toll lanes are closed.

 

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  Know Before You Go!  Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information. 

Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

 

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The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) offers the following travel tips for the winter months: 

Game plan for your travels. 

  • Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.
  • Ease your travel with E-ZPass.  Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations. Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.
  • Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
  • Know Before You Go - call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.  To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, click on the Traffic Cameras.
  • For MDTA toll rates, use our online Toll Rate Calculator.
  • Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 in getting to BWI Airport.

Drive only if it’s absolutely necessary when winter weather hits.  For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:

  •                  Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
  •                  Law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.
  •                  Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  •                  Move over when passing an emergency situation.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  •                  Bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads will freeze first.
  •                  Do not pass snow plows and sanding trucks.
  •                  Pay attention to lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge westbound span.  Lane changes between the westbound left and center lanes are prohibited for the entire span, whether or not two-way operations are in effect.
  •                  Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.
  •                  Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.
  •                  Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see. 
  •                  Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”
  •                  If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  •                  When driving in fog, motorists should use low beam headlights since the high beam setting creates glare and reduces visibility.

Please use caution, reduce speeds and increase following distances when traveling on wet/icy roads.  Turn on your lights to increase your visibility.

Pack a winter weather emergency kit for your vehicle.
Recommended contents:

  •         Cell phone and car charger
  •         Blankets or a sleeping bag
  •         Flashlight and extra batteries
  •         Jumper cables
  •         Emergency flares
  •         Extra clothing (boots, hats and gloves)
  •         Shovel
  •         Bottled water or juice and nonperishable foods
  •         First-aid kit and necessary medications
  •         Sand or non-clumping cat litter for tire traction

On all MDTA bridges, wind warnings and restrictions would be implemented as outlined below:

  • Wind Warning (sustained wind speeds or wind gusts of 30-39 mph) 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) 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 Closure (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.

Timeline for I-95 Travel Plaza Redevelopment:

·                 Jan. 16, 2014: Maryland House reopens for service; Chesapeake House closes for reconstruction.

·                 Fall 2014: Chesapeake House reopens for service.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

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On all MDTA bridges, wind warnings and restrictions would be implemented as outlined below:

  • Wind Warning (sustained wind speeds or wind gusts of 30-39 mph) 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) 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 Closure (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.

 

Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA, facebook.com/TheMDTA and mdta.maryland.gov. 

CONTINUOUS CLOSURE OF RAMP FROM

SOUTHBOUND I-895 TO POTEE STREET (EXIT 7)

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WHAT:           The exit ramp from southbound I-895 to Potee Street (Exit 7) in Baltimore City will be continuously closed (24/7).  The detour route will direct motorists from southbound I-895, to northbound I-695 (Exit 3; Inner Loop), to Washington Boulevard (Exit 10), to Patapsco Avenue, to Potee Street.

WHEN:           The exit ramp from southbound I-895 to Potee Street (Exit 7) closed Saturday, Sept. 28.  The exit ramp is expected to reopen in late February 2014.

WHY:              Repairs to the I-895 Potee Street and Patapsco Avenue entrance and exit ramps are part of the MD Transportation Authoritys (MDTA) $12.6 million facility preservation project to replace the decks of the I-895 bridges over Patapsco Avenue, Potee Street and Hanover Street.  Northbound and southbound I-895 lanes are reduced to 10.5 feet (left lane) and 11.5 feet (right lane) throughout project.

 

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  Know Before You Go!  Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.  Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTAThe MDTA thanks motorists for their patience. 

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