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MDTA News and Infromation.
Date: 2015

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 15, 2015

BRING CANNED GOODS

 DURING HUNGER ACTION MONTH

Donate non-perishable food items at

E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers Sept. 21-25

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Join the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) in the Maryland Day to Serve campaign by donating your time and resources to feed the hungry and heal the planet.  Along with the Maryland Department of Transportation, MDTA employees are collecting non-perishable food items at E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers for the Maryland Food Bank during its Operation Orange Canned Food Drive.

“We are proud to be involved with this meaningful campaign to help bring attention to a growing crisis in our State,” said MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee. “As a public-service agency, the MDTA welcomes the opportunity to be a part of Operation Orange and the Maryland Day to Serve campaign, which unites Marylanders with the common purpose of helping others.”

Starting Sept. 21 through Sept. 25, employees will collect non-perishable items at    E-ZPass MD Stop-in Centers during regular business hours. You also may bring your donations to the ICC/MD 200 facility at 13201 Konterra Drive from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Please visit ezpassmd.com for Stop-in Center locations and hours.

The items most needed are:  canned meat, tuna and chicken; peanut butter; nuts and seeds; canned or dried beans; oatmeal; breakfast cereal; rice; pasta; canned or dried fruits; canned vegetables; canned soup; evaporated milk; powdered milk; infant formula.                                                                                             

Follow the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov, twitter.com/TheMDTA, and facebook.com/TheMDTA.  For more on the Maryland Day to Serve program, visit daytoserve.org/Maryland.

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ALERT TO ALL CUSTOMERS

We want to alert you that several phony emails are circulating informing E-ZPass Maryland customers they have debt to pay for using a toll road. This is a “phishing” email seeking to obtain your personal information. While E-ZPass Maryland periodically sends marketing emails for upcoming events, projects or surveys, we will never send an unsolicited email demanding payment or requesting sensitive personal information such as credit card information, social security numbers, user names, passwords, etc. We encourage you to report phony emails to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center on their website at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office. You may also call our E-ZPass Maryland Service Center at 1-888-321-6824 if you have any questions about your account information.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2015

 

HATEM BRIDGE E-ZPASS STOP-IN CENTER

TO REOPEN JULY 6TH

 

Customers are encouraged to visit the newly renovated E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Center at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) on Mon., July 6, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. at 6000 Pulaski Highway in Perryville.

The hours of operation at the Hatem Bridge Stop-in Center are as follows:

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

Customers also may visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at

1-888-321-6824 to update account information or make payments via credit card.

Follow the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov, twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA. 

The MDTA thanks its E-ZPass Maryland customers for their patience and understanding during the closure of the Stop-in Center.

 

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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

UPDATED 5/18/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 8, 2015

 

**UPDATED SCHEDULE**

HATEM BRIDGE E-ZPASS STOP-IN CENTER

REOPENING

 

WHAT: Due to additional repairs the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) Stop-in Center at 6000 Pulaski Highway in Perryville will remain closed for approximately eight weeks. Previously,the Stop-in Center was scheduled to reopen on May 11.

WHEN: It is anticipated to be reopened by July 1, 2015. The MDTA will issue notice when reopening scheduled.

WHY: Crews will be performing on-going building maintenance work.

 

Customers are encouraged to continue to visit the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Highway Stop-in Center at One Turnpike Drive in Perryville.

The hours of operation at the JFK Stop-in Center are as follows:

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

7:30 a.m. 6 p.m. Wednesday

Customers also may visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at

1-888-321-6824 to update account information or make payments via credit card.

Follow the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov, twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.

The MDTA thanks its E-ZPass Maryland customers for their patience and understanding during the closure of the Stop-in Center.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 6, 2015                                                                      

Contact:         Becky Freeberger

410-537-1017

 

 

HATEM BRIDGE E-ZPASS STOP-IN CENTER

TO REOPEN MAY 11TH

 

     

Customers are encouraged to visit the newly renovated E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Center at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) on Mon., May 11, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. at 6000 Pulaski Highway in Perryville.

The hours of operation at the Hatem Bridge Stop-in Center are as follows:

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

Customers also may visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at

1-888-321-6824 to update account information or make payments via credit card.

Follow the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov, twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA. 

The MDTA thanks its E-ZPass Maryland customers for their patience and understanding during the two-month closure of the Stop-in Center.

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