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Date: 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 8, 2013

 

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

 

 

**UPDATED SCHEDULE**

CLOSURE OF RAMP FROM

POTEE STREET/PATAPSCO AVENUE TO NORTHBOUND I-895

 

WHAT:           The entrance ramp from Potee Street/Patapsco Avenue to northbound I-895 in Baltimore City will remain continuously closed (24/7) for approximately 45 additional days.  Previously the closure was anticipated to reopen on August 15. 

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

WHEN:           It is anticipated to be reopened no later than September 30, weather permitting.  The continuous closure of the ramp from southbound I-895 to Potee Street (Exit 7) is expected to begin on or about October 2.

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

 

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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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 28, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE
 

REMINDER: New Toll Rates Effective July 1, 2013.
 

Additional Information:

  1. Public Notice (PDF Download)
  2. Toll Increases Homepage
  3. MDTA Toll Rates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 9, 2013

 

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

 

BRIDGE DECK PROJECT UNDERWAY ON RAMP FROM NORTHBOUND I-97 TO NORTHBOUND I-895

Ramp closed 24/7 for three months

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $3.3 million bridge deck overlay and repair project for the ramp from northbound I-97 to northbound I-895 in Anne Arundel County.  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 Sunday, May 12, the ramp from northbound I-97 to northbound I-895 will be continuously closed (24/7) for approximately three months.  The detour route will direct motorists to westbound I-695 (Inner Loop), to northbound MD 295, to northbound I-895.  The ramp from MD 2 (Ritchie Highway) to northbound I-895 will remain open during the three-month closure period.  Single-lane and shoulder closures may be in effect on I-895 during off-peak hours.

Although the I-895 ramp will be closed for three months, the total project is expected to last until early 2014.  The Marksmen Company of Baltimore will remove the existing concrete deck surface and replace it with a latex modified concrete overlay.  Work also includes drainage improvements and miscellaneous structural repairs. 

The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway (I-895) and I-97 and its approach roadways and ramps were opened in 1957 and 1993, respectively.  A cleaning and painting project for various bridges along

I-895 is expected to be complete this fall.  A deck replacement project for the I-895 bridges over Patapsco Avenue, Potee Street and Hanover Street in Baltimore City is expected to be complete by summer 2014.

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 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                

March 27, 2013

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks or John Sales                                                                

                        410-537-1017

                               ICC SPEED LIMIT INCREASES TO 60 MPH                    

                             Changes will occur gradually between March 29-30

BALTIMORE, MD The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) will begin changing roadway signs to officially increase the posted speed limit on the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 from 55 mph to 60 mph.  Weather-permitting, on Friday, March 29, signs on westbound MD 200 will be changed to 60 mph; on Saturday, March 30, the eastbound MD 200 signs will be changed to 60 mph.  New warning signs for curves have also been added.

"Following months of careful deliberation and a detailed engineering study and crash analysis, I'm pleased that we are able to safely raise the ICC speed limit to 60 mph," said MDTA Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett.  "We needed one year of ICC operations and full consideration of the design speed and geometry of the roadway to ensure that a 60 mph speed limit is safe and justifiable."

With the crash analysis, traffic engineers examined vehicular crashes for the ICCs first year of operations between I-270 and I-95.  The analysis helped the MDTA confirm that the speed limit may be safely raised to 60 mph.

The MDTA anticipates that drivers traveling the ICC from end to end may save approximately 1 ½ minutes of travel time with the speed increase.   

Designed for 60 mph, the ICC has vertical and horizontal constraints along its length.  To reduce environmental impacts, the ICCs footprint was minimized, leading to these geometric constraints and the lower design speed.

The engineering study and crash analysis are available at mdta.maryland.gov.  Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.


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The Hatem Stop-In Center reopens its doors Monday, April 1st.  The Stop-In Center was temporarily closed for building repairs.

Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge
6000 Pulaski Highway
Perryville, MD 21903

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.   Wednesday

In the meantime, please visit our nearest location at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hwy, just off MD 222.

1 Turnpike Dr.
Perryville, MD 21903

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.   Wednesday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 18, 2013

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

*REVISED*

OVERNIGHT CLOSURES OF SOUTHBOUND I-95 IN

WHITE MARSH FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 18

Closures part of I-95 Express Toll LanesSM Project

Weather permitting, the following closures and detours are scheduled to take place the week of March 18, 2013 for crews to perform bridge demolition work and removal.

Saturday, March 23, from midnight to 6 a.m. the following morning, all lanes of southbound I-95 at the MD 43 interchange (White Marsh Boulevard) in Northeast Baltimore will be temporarily closed for overnight work.

·        Traffic will be detoured to Exit 67B (westbound White Marsh Boulevard), to southbound I-95.  Police will be directing traffic across at the signalized intersection.

The work is part of the reconstruction of the I-95/MD 43 interchange for the Maryland Transportation Authoritys (MDTA) I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETLsSM) Project.

The I-95 ETLs Project is expected to be complete in 2014.  For more information, visit I95ExpressTollLanes.com.

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.