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Date: Apr 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            

                        April 18, 2013                                                                                          

Contact:          John Sales                                                                                 

                        410-537-1017                                                                                         

              SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS ADDED TO BAY BRIDGE STARTING THIS WEEKEND
Result of safety study completed in 2012; NO LANECHANGES between center and left lanes on westbound span

BALTIMORE, MD – The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) will install new lane markings, rumble strips and signs on the westbound Bay Bridge (US 50/301) to enhance safety measures during “two-way” traffic operations, based on a safety study MDTA completed last year.  Weather-permitting, crews will remove and replace the rumble strips and pavement markings and add new signs starting Friday, April 19.

“The MDTA is continuously looking to improve safety at all of its facilities and to build on existing safety measures at the Bay Bridge,” said MDTA Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett.  “These enhancements will provide additional visual and physical guides designed to help drivers stay alert and stay in their lanes during two-way operations.”

During periods of heavy eastbound traffic, the MDTA implements two-way traffic operations by “reversing” the left lane of the westbound span for use by eastbound motorists.  Crews will create a painted buffer between the westbound left lane and center lane using continuous double yellow lines, rumble strips and a solid white line along the 4.3-mile span.

The change will be gradual as crews first remove the existing rumble strips and pavement markings starting Friday, April 19.  Crews will then install the new lane markings and rumble strips.  The work is expected to last about one week and will be performed overnight and weather-permitting.

For this work, the westbound span may be closed Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning, Sunday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning and Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.  Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closures.

“Westbound motorists will need to adjust to the new pavement markings, which will prohibit changing lanes between the left and center lanes for the entire trip across the bridge, whether or not two-way operations are in effect,” said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Michael Kundrat.  “New signs reminding motorists to stay in their lane will also be installed as part of this effort.”

At the end of 2012, the MDTA announced its completion of an evaluation of additional safety measures that may be implemented at the Bay Bridge during two-way traffic.  The study concluded that double solid lines would create a buffer space between lanes while discouraging motorists from changing or crossing lanes.  Rumble strips, which were installed along portions of the bridge in 2008 and are proven effective in discouraging lane changes, would be installed along the entire span.

The MDTA will monitor the performance of these improvements and consider if they would be applicable to the eastbound span, where two-way traffic may be used to accommodate full westbound span closures for maintenance/construction.

Several improvements have been made over the past decade to improve safety on the Bay Bridge.  These include the installation of rumble strips along portions of the bridge and enhancements to the lane markings, lane-control system, signing and the procedures used by police and operations personnel for reversing the direction of travel on the bridge.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 9, 2013

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

Facility:  (US 301) Nice Memorial Bridge

                             CLEANING & PAINTING PROJECT BEGINS ON NICE BRIDGE

Overnight Flagging Operations Start On Or About April 15

BALTIMORE, MD – The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $13.7 million cleaning, painting and repair project for the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), which connects Charles County, Md., and King George County, Va., across the Potomac River.  This preservation project, funded completely by toll revenue, is part of the MDTA’s commitment to preserving and maintaining the State’s aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways.

Beginning on or about April 15, the Nice Bridge will be reduced to one lane with flagging operations alternating northbound and southbound traffic during the following overnight off-peak hours: Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning and Friday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.

Daytime flagging operations are now taking place at the Nice Bridge for annual inspections.  Once inspections are complete, daytime flagging operations will begin for this project during the following off-peak hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trucks greater than 10-feet wide will not be permitted to cross the bridge during flagging operations.  Every effort will be made to cross all vehicles exceeding 10-feet from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Drivers of vehicles exceeding the width restriction must call 301-259-4444 to obtain approval and schedule an escort.  Calls must be made one hour prior to arrival at the bridge and will only be accepted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Construction is expected to last approximately two years.  Blastech Enterprises, Inc., of Baltimore will clean/paint and repair portions of the existing structural steel.  Work also includes repairing and sealing the concrete bridge deck and replacing the catwalk and ladder system under the bridge’s main span.

Portable and overhead electronic message signs will display travel information.  For information on the MDTA’s other facility preservation projects, or to view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  For statewide travel conditions, visit MD511.ORG or call 511.

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

The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 2, 2013

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

THREE MONTH CLOSURE OF RAMP FROM POTEE STREET/PATAPSCO AVENUE TO NORTHBOUND I-895

Detor Map

WHAT: Weather-permitting, the entrance ramp from Potee Street/Patapsco Avenue to northbound I-895 in Baltimore City will be continuously closed (24/7) for approximately three months.

The detour route will direct motorists to I-895 via Frankfurst Avenue.

WHEN:  On or about Friday, April 5, to Sunday, July 7.  Crews will begin closing the ramp on Friday, April 5, at 10 p.m.

WHY:  Repairs to the I-895 Potee Street and Patapsco Avenue entrance and exit ramps are part of the MD Transportation Authoritys (MDTA) project to replace the decks of the I-895 bridges over Patapsco Avenue, Potee Street and Hanover Street.

The $12.6 million facility preservation project began in fall 2012 and is scheduled to be complete by summer 2014.  Northbound and southbound I-895 lanes are reduced to 10.5 feet (left lane) and 11.5 feet (right lane).  A continuous three-month closure of the ramp from southbound I-895 to Potee Street (Exit 7) is expected to begin on or about July 7.

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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