Summer of  2013 Travel Tips

 

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

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

  •          Friday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  •          Saturday – before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  •          Sunday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

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

Don’t Wing It. Plan Ahead! 

  •         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.
  •        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.
  •         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.
  •         The cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Bay Bridge and Nice Bridge is $6.  The cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Harbor Tunnel, Fort McHenry Tunnel and Key Bridge is $4.  The cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Hatem Bridge and JFK Highway is $8.  For all toll rates, click on the Toll Rate Calculator.

Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 in your travel plans.

Reminder:  The Maryland House travel plaza along the JFK Highway is closed for redevelopment and is expected to reopen fall/winter 2013.  The Chesapeake House remains open for fuel and food services.

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

  •                   Pay attention to new 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.
  •                  Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
  •                  Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.
  •                  Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  •                  Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see. 
  •                  Make sure your vehicle is “road ready”-- one disabled vehicle can cause extensive backups.
  •                  If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  •                  Move-over when passing an emergency situation.  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.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

 

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