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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 24, 2016

 

Heading to the Maryland State Fair? Visit MDOT Exhibits
for the Latest Transportation Information
and Initiatives

 

One-Stop-Shopping for Cruise, Transit and Safety Information;
Driver’s License, Motor Vehicle and E-ZPass Transactions

 

(Hanover, MD) – In keeping with its commitment to customer service, representatives from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be staffing exhibit booths at the Maryland State Fair to deliver fairgoers the latest transportation information and initiatives, helping to make this year’s event “unFAIRgettable.”  

“The State Fair provides an excellent opportunity for us to reach our customers while they are enjoying the unofficial final days of summer at this annual event,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn.

MDOT is comprised of five business units and one Authority: the State Highway Administration (SHA); Maryland Transit Administration (MTA); Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA); Maryland Port Administration (MPA); Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA); and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA).

At the MPA exhibit, representatives will distribute cruise information and schedules and information about shipping, commodities, and the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore's role as a leading economic generator in Maryland.

The MTA will have representatives on hand at the fair distributing information on BaltimoreLink, the new $135 million public transportation improvement plan that will redesign the entire local and express bus system throughout Baltimore – making better connections between people, employment centers and residential communities.

MTA staffers also will share information on programs such as accessing Mobility transportation services, scheduling for all MTA travel modes and convenient ticket payment options like the MTA Charm Card.   

As part of MDOT’s commitment to safety, SHA will display a new campaign featuring actual highway workers and their children to convey the “Safety is in your hands” message for driving safely in work zones.  Maryland has nearly 400 construction projects underway across the state, so it is critical for motorists to use extra caution when driving in construction areas so everyone can get home.  SHA also will provide materials about pedestrian and bike safety and free copies of the official 2015-2016 paper Maryland Map to plan your trips the old fashioned way. 

For the 11th consecutive year, the MVA will return with the MVA Bus.  Fairgoers can stop by this mobile office in front of the Farm and Garden Building at the top of the midway to perform the following:

  • Apply for a renewal/duplicate/corrected Maryland driver’s license or identification card (all new secure licenses and IDs are mailed);
  • Obtain a duplicate/corrected commercial driver’s license (address/name only - no endorsements can be added);
  • Obtain certified copy of driving record;
  • Obtain free, non-certified driving record for the past three years;
  • Obtain disability placards/plates;
  • Return tags/apply for a tag refund;
  • Apply for a change of address card (card will be mailed);
  • Renew vehicle registration;
  • Obtain substitute plates, substitute stickers, and duplicate registrations;
  • Pay administrative flag fees on registrations;
  • Register to vote; and
  • Register as an organ donor (as part of transaction).

For added customer convenience, E-ZPass also will be offered at the fair.  Avoid waiting in line at Stop-in Centers and visit the MDTA booth where we will feature information about E-ZPass and Maryland’s eight toll facilities.  Customers can stop by to purchase their ready-to-use E-ZPass “On The Go,” which includes $25 in pre-paid tolls, for $32.50.

MDOT business unit exhibits will be in the Exhibition Hall and staffed Saturdays/Sundays

from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., weekdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Labor Day Monday from 10 a.m.

to 8 p.m.

The MVA Bus will be staffed:

  • Friday, Aug. 26, to Sunday, Aug. 28: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
  • Monday, Aug. 29, to Friday, Sept. 2: noon to 6 p.m.; and
  • Saturday, Sept. 3, to Monday, Sept. 5: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fairgoers are encouraged to leave their cars at home and take convenient Light Rail or MTA’s Local Bus Nos. 8 and 9 to the Timonium Fairgrounds.  If you plan to drink at the Maryland State Fair, have a plan to get home safely: take transit, choose a sober driver or take a cab.

The Maryland Department of Transportation is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent, and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities.  For information about MDOT and its business units, visit mdot.maryland.gov.  

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

  • Wind Warnings (sustained wind speeds of 30-39 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 30 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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.
  • Limited Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds of 40-49 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 40 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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.
  • Full Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds exceeding 50 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 50 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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 exceeding 55 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 55 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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 all traffic across the bridge.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 conditions at the Bay Bridge. To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA

* When a wind warning, restriction or closure is implemented at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40), no bicycles are permitted.

 

UPDATED 7/1/16

MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

FOURTH OF JULY TRAVEL INFORMATION

 

With the summer travel season underway and the July 4th holiday falling on a Monday this year, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) anticipates heavy traffic volumes on the Bay Bridge Thursday, June 30, through Monday, July 4.

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

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:

· Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include :

  • Thursday - before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Friday/Sunday- before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Saturday - before 6 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Monday, 4th of July - before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.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.

MDTA Police patrols will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at the Bay Bridge on July 3.

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.

· Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.

· Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.

· Move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.

· Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.

· Buckle Up! Every Seat. Every Time.

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

· Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.

· Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."

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

· When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:

  • The location of the emergency;
  • A call-back telephone number; and
  • Details of the incident.

The E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center will be closed on Monday, July 4. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.

The MDTA thanks motorists for partnering with us. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

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

Don't Wing It. Plan Ahead!

  • For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at 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 - View live traffic on MDTA roadways by clicking "Traffic Cameras." Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information. Check "Traffic Advisories" for MDTA scheduled construction and maintenance projects.
  • Get there faster with E-ZPass. Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass "On the Go" retail locations.
  • For all toll rates, use our online Toll Rate Calculator.
  • I-95 Now Has a Shortcut - I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) between White Marsh and I-895 in Baltimore.
  • Hungry? Need to rest or fuel up? Stop by the Maryland or Chesapeake House Travel Plazas along I-95 in northeast Maryland.

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

Please use caution, reduce speeds and increase following distances when traveling on wet roads. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility. Kindly remember our toll collectors and turn off wipers when paying your toll.

Seasonal Tips:

  • Precipitation along with the winter freeze-thaw cycle produces potholes. As crews statewide continue the repair process, please use caution and slow down if you encounter a pothole in your travels. Report a pothole on a Maryland toll facility road at: mdta@mdta.maryland.gov
  • 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.

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

  • Slow down in work zones. Lives are on the line. Expect the unexpected.
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  • It can wait - 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.
  • State law requires vehicles to Move Over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  • Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  • Pay attention to lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge's 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.
  • Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
  • Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-use control signals.
  • Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.
  • Avoid distractions - keep your eyes on the road.

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

MDTA Bridge Wind Warnings and Restrictions

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

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A Message from the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel:

Thanks to all my commuters for your patience when my northbound tube was closed for part of the day Wednesday.

You may notice that I'm not quite looking myself! Rest assured, the missing tiles and exposed concrete in my northbound tube are just my surface beauty. This is only cosmetic, and taking a trip through me is as safe as ever.

And the engineers will be fixing me up soon. New concrete, rebar and wire mesh is on its way and will make a good surface for when they put brand-new tiles on in the future.

So remove your sunglasses before entering the tunnel, drive safely and enjoy the ride.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 8, 2016

 

MDTA CREWS READY FOR WINTER STORM

For real-time updates on major incidents follow @TheMDTA or @MDOTNews on Twitter

#mdotnews

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), the agency that finances, owns, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities, is prepared for the winter storm predicted to start later today and continue through late tomorrow night. MDTA crews are ready for winter weather that could bring dangerous driving conditions to Maryland.

The MDTA has over 39,000 tons of salt available and will begin salting once snowfall begins. If you must drive:

  • Do not pass snow plows and salting trucks.
  • Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  • Remember bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads will freeze first.
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  • Stay alert and use caution.

On all MDTA bridges, wind warnings may be implemented as needed. As the MDTA prepares for potentially severe weather, it has no immediate plans to close any toll facilities. Any decision to close a toll facility would be based upon current weather and road conditions at a given facility. The MDTA will make every effort to keep all of its facilities open as long as conditions are deemed safe to do so.

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. Know Before You Go! Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA. Call 511 or visitMD511.org for statewide travel information. Follow MEMA at twitter/MDMEMA or go to mema.maryland.gov for the latest storm track & preparedness information.

The MDTA reminds motorists to stay alert and use caution if traveling.

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MDTA CREWS READY

FOR WINTER STORM

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA 

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), the agency that finances, owns, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities, is prepared for the winter storm predicted to start Friday. MDTA crews are ready for winter weather that could bring dangerous driving conditions and strong winds to Maryland.

Drive only if it's absolutely necessary. Consider altering travel plans to allow crews time to clear routes. If you must drive:

  • Do not pass snow plows and salting trucks.
  • Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  • Remember bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads will freeze first.
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  • Stay alert and use caution.

Snow or highs winds would prevent two-way operations (when one lane of eastbound traffic travels on the westbound span) at the Bay Bridge during Friday's afternoon rush-hour, which may result in significant eastbound delays. Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge conditions.  On all MDTA bridges, wind warnings and restrictions would be implemented as outlined below:

  • Wind Warnings (sustained wind speeds of 30-39 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 30 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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.
  • Limited Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds of 40-49 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 40 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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.
  • Full Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds exceeding 50 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 50 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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 exceeding 55 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 55 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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 all traffic across the bridge.

As the MDTA prepares for potentially severe weather, it has no immediate plans to close any toll facilities. However, expect the I-95 Express Toll Lanes in Baltimore to close if snow amounts reach eight inches so crews can focus on clearing the adjacent lanes of mainline I-95. Any decision to close a toll facility would be based upon current weather and road conditions at a given facility. The MDTA will make every effort to keep all of its facilities open as long as conditions are deemed safe to do so.

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. Know Before You Go! Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA. Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information. Follow MEMA at twitter/MDMEMA or go to mema.maryland.gov for the latest storm track & preparedness information.

The MDTA reminds motorists to avoid traveling if possible.

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

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 - To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, click on "Traffic Cameras." Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.
  • For all toll rates, use our online Toll Rate Calculator.
  • I-95 Now Has a Shortcut - I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) between White Marsh and I-895 in Baltimore.
  • Hungry? Need to rest or fuel up? Stop by the Maryland or Chesapeake House Travel Plazas along I-95 in Northeast Maryland.

Please use caution, reduce speeds and increase following distances when traveling on wet/icy roads.  Lights On = Wipers On.  Kindly remember our toll collectors and turn off wipers when paying your toll.

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

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

  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  • Bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads will freeze first.
  • Do not pass snow plows and sanding trucks.
  • When driving in fog, motorists should use low beam headlights since the high beam setting creates glare and reduces visibility.
  • 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.
  • State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  • Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  • Pay attention to lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge’s 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.
  • Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
  • Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-use control signals.
  • Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.
  • Avoid distractions - keep your eyes on the road. 

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

  • Wind Warning (sustained wind speeds of 30-39 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 30 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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.
  • Limited Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds of 40-49 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 40 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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.
  • Full Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds exceeding 50 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 50 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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 exceeding 55 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 55 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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 all traffic across the bridge.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 1, 2015

 

 

CREWS READY FOR FORECASTED RAIN/WIND & POTENTIAL HURRICANE JOAQUIN IMPACTS

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA 

 

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), the agency that finances, owns, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities, is prepared for the heavy rains predicted to start overnight and continue through the weekend. MDTA crews are ready for severe weather that could bring dangerous driving conditions to Maryland.

Drive only when necessary. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not hazardous road conditions. Wind gusts are unpredictable no matter how experienced of a driver you are. SLOW DOWN and keep both hands on the steering wheel. Turn on your vehicle's lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.

Anticipate standing water on roadways. Turn around, don't drown. Stay alert and use caution.

Be prepared for possible bridge wind warnings or restrictions. On all MDTA bridges, wind warnings and restrictions would be implemented as outlined below:

  • Wind Warnings (sustained wind speeds of 30-39 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 30 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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.
  • Limited Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds of 40-49 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 40 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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.
  • Full Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds exceeding 50 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 50 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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 exceeding 55 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 55 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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 all traffic across the bridge.

In the event of inclement weather at the Bay Bridge, the MDTA will be unable to implement two-way traffic (when one lane of eastbound traffic travels on the westbound span). This may result in significant eastbound delays Friday and Saturday.

As the MDTA prepares for potentially severe weather, it has no immediate plans to close any toll facilities in anticipation of the storm. Any decision to close a toll facility would be based upon current weather and road conditions at a given facility. The MDTA will make every effort to keep all of its facilities open as long as conditions are deemed safe to do so.

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. Know Before You Go! Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 conditions at the Bay Bridge. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA. Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.

The MDTA reminds motorists to avoid traveling if possible.

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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 - To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, click on "Traffic Cameras." Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.
  • For all toll rates, use our online Toll Rate Calculator.
  • I-95 Now Has a Shortcut - I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) between White Marsh and I-895 in Baltimore.
  • Hungry? Need to rest or fuel up? Stop by the Maryland or Chesapeake House Travel Plazas along I-95 in Maryland.

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, 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.

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

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

· Pay attention to lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge's 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.

· Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.

· Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-use control signals.

· Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.

· Avoid distractions - keep your eyes on the road.

· 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. Wipers On = Headlights On! BUT please turn them off in the toll lanes as a courtesy to our Toll Collectors.

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

  • Wind Warning (sustained wind speeds of 30-39 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 30 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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.
  • Limited Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds of 40-49 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 40 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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.
  • Full Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds exceeding 50 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 50 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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 exceeding 55 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 55 mph over a period of 15 mins) 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 all traffic across the bridge.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

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