FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 8, 2016

 

MDTA CREWS READY FOR WINTER STORM

For real-time updates on major incidents follow @TheMDTA or @MDOTNews on Twitter

#mdotnews

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), the agency that finances, owns, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities, is prepared for the winter storm predicted to start later today and continue through late tomorrow night. MDTA crews are ready for winter weather that could bring dangerous driving conditions to Maryland.

The MDTA has over 39,000 tons of salt available and will begin salting once snowfall begins. If you must drive:

  • Do not pass snow plows and salting trucks.
  • Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  • Remember bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads will freeze first.
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  • Stay alert and use caution.

On all MDTA bridges, wind warnings may be implemented as needed. As the MDTA prepares for potentially severe weather, it has no immediate plans to close any toll facilities. 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! Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA. Call 511 or visitMD511.org for statewide travel information. Follow MEMA at twitter/MDMEMA or go to mema.maryland.gov for the latest storm track & preparedness information.

The MDTA reminds motorists to stay alert and use caution if traveling.

###