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Date: Dec 2013

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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 4, 2013

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

          

BRING YOUR TOYS FOR TOTS

ON YOUR COMMUTE

 

BALTIMORE, MD - Join the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police, MDTA staff and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in the national Toys for Tots campaign at the Baltimore harbor crossings.  Since 1990, MDTA employees have collected more than 133,000 toys from customers of the toll facilities and Port of Baltimore. 

On Dec. 11, 12 and 13 from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m., employees will collect new, unwrapped toys at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels

(I-895, I-95/I-395) and the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) and also at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40), the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 and the Dundalk Marine Terminal.  Please note that we will NOT be collecting at the MVA Gaithersburg and Beltsville E-ZPass Stop-in Centers near the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 as we have done so in prior years.

"We are excited about this opportunity for all of the citizens we serve to donate toys for those less fortunate," said MDTA Acting Executive Secretary Bruce W. Gartner.  "Each year, the men and women of the MDTA look forward to this holiday tradition."  Mr. Gartner will be collecting toys at the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel on Dec. 13 beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Toll facility customers who wish to donate toys should use the far-right toll lane and follow directions from Santa, uniformed MDTA police officers or MDTA staff.  (Note: This includes E-ZPass® customers who wish to drop off toys.)  The MDTA Police remind drivers to keep safety in mind as they approach toy drop-off sites.  Toys may be dropped off at designated sites during scheduled times only.  Toll collectors are unable to accept donations in the toll lanes

Toys collected at the Baltimore-area facilities will be given to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves base in northeast Baltimore for distribution. 

For more information on the MDTAs collection efforts, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  For more on the Toys for Tots program, visit toysfortots.org.

 

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