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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2015

Contact:         Cheryl M. Sparks, MDTA, 410-537-1017

                        Valerie Burnette Edgar, SHA, 410-545-0303

 

MAJOR ROADWORK ON I-95

SOUTH OF THE FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL

MAJOR DELAYS EXPECTED - AVOID I-95 IN BALTIMORE CITY

 Motorists Traveling Thru Baltimore City Should Use I-695/Key Bridge Or

I-895/Harbor Tunnel

Construction Start Marks National Work Zone Safety Week

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces major construction will resume this spring on mainline I-95 and ramps between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue (Exit 50) in Baltimore City.  Motorists are strongly advised to avoid I-95 in Baltimore City during the upcoming construction season (spring through fall) and find alternate routes into the City.  The project involves numerous traffic pattern changes, detours and ramp closures.  Transportation officials encourage commuters to try transit, telework or alter their work schedules to avoid peak commute times.

“This work will cause major gridlock along I-95 through Baltimore,” said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.  “Drivers should plan ahead or plan to sit in traffic.”

The $64 million preservation project, funded completely by toll revenue, includes continuous (24/7) lane closures, shifted or split traffic conditions, full-time and part-time ramp closures with detours, reduced lane widths and the elimination of shoulders. Crews are removing and replacing the existing concrete deck (driving surface) and roadway joints along approximately five miles of I-95 south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel. 

“If you drive on I-95 south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the best resource for finding out real-time traffic information is through Twitter – #i95bmore – or online at i95bmore.com,” said MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner.  “Also don’t forget to tune into your local radio and TV stations to listen to their traffic reports.”

State transportation officials have coordinated closely with Baltimore City transportation officials throughout the course of the project.  City officials will deploy Traffic Enforcement Officers (TEOs) at critical intersections to help facilitate the movement of traffic and adjust signal timing throughout downtown as necessary.

“Commuters are strongly advised to seek alternate routes when traveling in and out of Baltimore City during peak hour travel times in order to avoid congestion and delays,” said Baltimore City Director of Transportation William M. Johnson.

The I-95 construction project is one of hundreds of work zones throughout Maryland including mobile operations such as pothole repair and mowing.  When drivers see orange construction signs, cones and barrels, they should anticipate road work, stay alert, obey speed limits, slow down and, if possible, move over.  To highlight work zone safety, the Federal Highway Administration and partners declared March 23-30 as National Work Zone Awareness Week, and Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed April as Maryland Work Zone Safety Awareness Month.

“Unfortunately, nine people were killed in Maryland work zones last year –both highway workers and drivers.With hundreds of construction projects across the State, we as drivers need to slow down and pay attention for the safety of everyone on the road,” said State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Think orange as soon as you see the orange ‘Road Work Ahead’ sign. If you see a work zone, the best practice is to move over, if you can do so safely.”

On or about Sunday, March 22, for approximately six weeks, all lanes on northbound I-95 will shift to the right between Caton Avenue (Exit 50) and Russell Street (Exit 52). 

On or about Saturday, March 28, for approximately eight weeks, southbound I-95 traffic lanes will split after the Fort McHenry Tunnel with two lanes to the left and two lanes to the right.  Prior to entering the Fort McHenry Tunnel, motorists must stay right to access: Exit 55 (Key Highway), Exit 53 (I-395) and Exit 52 (MD 295).  Thru traffic stay to the left.  E-ZPass is accepted in all toll lanes.

On or about Monday, March 30, for approximately eight weeks, northbound I-95 traffic lanes will split with three lanes to the left and one lane to the right from Exit 54 (Hanover Street) to Exit 55 (Key Highway).  To use Exit 54 or Exit 55, traffic MUST be in the right lane prior to the split at Exit 54.  Traffic entering northbound I-95 from I-395 will use Fort McHenry Tunnel Bore 4 (right tube).  E-ZPass is accepted in all toll lanes.

Major delays are expected through the fall including the following stages later this year:

  • From mid-June to mid-August, the left lane on northbound I-95 from Caton Avenue (Exit 50) to Washington Boulevard (Exit 51) will be continuously closed.  The MDTA strongly urges commuters to avoid I-95 through Baltimore during this time and use I-695/Key Bridge or I-895 as alternate routes.
  • In early fall, for two to three weeks, only one lane will be open on the ramp from northbound I-95 to I-395 (Exit 53) for all commuters heading into the City.  Currently this ramp has two lanes of traffic.

Construction began in spring 2014 and major traffic impacts are anticipated to end in fall 2015.  G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc., of York, Pa. will repair and replace bridge decks and improve roadway drainage. Work also includes miscellaneous structural repairs. Temporary lane closures will be restricted to off-peak and non-event hours during days, nights and weekends.  Mainline I-95 travel lanes will be reduced from 12-foot to 11-foot lanes during traffic shifts.  Work-zone speed limits are reduced to 50 mph on northbound and southbound I-95.  Work-zone safety speed cameras will be used in this construction zone.

The Fort McHenry Tunnel opened in 1985.  Bridges along I-95 north of the tunnel were resurfaced in 2001 and 2004.  This work will be the first resurfacing project on I-95 south of the tunnel since the bridges were built between 1974-1978.  This section of I-95 ?carries on average up to 205,000 vehicles per day.

Motorists should pay attention to portable and overhead electronic signs and static signs for up-to-date travel information.  For additional project information, visit i95bmore.com.  For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA or use #i95bmore.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTAThe 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

March 2, 2015

Contact:          Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem

  410-537-1017

 

CREWS CONTINUE WORK TO REPAIR BROKEN WATER LINE BELOW FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL (I-95)

Overnight Closures Scheduled in One Northbound & One Southbound Tube

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), which finances, operates and maintains the State’s eight toll facilities, will continue repairs to the broken water line beneath the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) during off-peak overnight hours.  Crews also will closely monitor repairs made last week to an underground sump pump and discharge line beneath the right tube (Bore 4).  Both issues were caused by recent extremely cold temperatures, and neither impacts the structural integrity of the roadway or tunnel. 

“This week, MDTA crews will continue repairs to the broken water line beneath both the northbound and southbound Fort McHenry Tunnel bores,” said MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner.  “As a proactive measure, crews also will be inspecting water lines beneath the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. To minimize the impact to traffic, we’re coordinating this work with our regular overnight maintenance activities already scheduled in both tunnels.”

During overnight closures of the Fort McHenry Tunnel (FMT), traffic will be directed through the northbound and southbound tubes that remain open.  At the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (BHT), two-way traffic will operate in the open tube.  Traffic volumes are low during the overnight period; however, delays still may occur.  Motorists should follow overhead and portable electronic signs.

FMT closures currently are scheduled for:

  • Monday through Thursday, March 2 - 5, from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning – one southbound bore will close at 7:30 p.m., followed by one northbound bore at 9 p.m.; 
  • Friday and Saturday, March 6 - 7, from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning; and
  • Sunday, March 8, from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning.

BHT closures currently are scheduled for:

  • Monday through Thursday, March 2 - 5, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.

The bore closures are needed as a safety measure for crews working in confined spaces beneath the tunnel roadways and to allow for the staging of necessary equipment in the bores.  Please note that additional temporary, off-peak closures may occur as necessary.  The MDTA will issue traffic advisories if additional closures are scheduled.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.  To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: MDTA Executive Director Gartner will hold media availability TODAY from 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Please contact the MDTA Division of Communications for more information.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 26, 2015

Contact:         Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem

410-537-1017

 

CREWS MAKING PROGESS IN REPAIR OF SUMP PUMP &

WATER LINE BELOW NORTHBOUND TUBES OF

FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL (I-95)

Bore Closures Now Scheduled Only for Overnight Hours through Weekend

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), which finances, operates and maintains the State’s eight toll facilities, continues temporary closures of one northbound tube of the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) during off-peak overnight hours for emergency repairs to an underground sump pump and discharge line beneath the right tube (Bore 4) and water line beneath the left tube (Bore 3). Both issues were caused by the recent extremely cold temperatures, and neither impacts the structural integrity of the roadway or tunnel. 

“Our crews confirmed yesterday that the discharge line was frozen and blocked by solid ice in multiple locations.  Using steam, they broke through the ice, allowing the pump to start pushing water through the discharge line,” said MDTA Executive Director

Bruce W. Gartner.  “Over the next few nights, we’re taking advantage of planned bore closures for maintenance so crews can monitor pump and discharge-line activity and continue repairing the broken water line. Crews also are inspecting the water lines beneath the tunnel’s southbound bores to rule out any potential issues.”

During the overnight closures, traffic will be directed through the northbound tube that remains open.  Traffic volumes are low during the overnight period; however, delays still may occur.  Motorists should follow overhead and portable electronic signs.            

Closures currently are scheduled for:

  •   Thursday, Feb. 26, from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning;      
  •   Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28, from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning; and
  •   Sunday, March 1, from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning.

The bore closures are needed as a safety measure for crews working in confined spaces beneath the tunnel roadway and to allow for the staging of necessary equipment in the bores.

Please note that additional temporary, off-peak closures may occur as necessary.  The MDTA will issue traffic advisories if additional closures are scheduled.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.  To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 26, 2015                                                                      

Contact:         Becky Freeberger

                        410-537-1017

 

 

*REMINDER*

HATEM BRIDGE E-ZPASS STOP-IN CENTER

TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY BEGINNING MARCH 2

  

WHAT:       The E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Center at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) will be closed for approximately two months.                                                                  

WHEN:       The closure will begin on Monday, March 2, 2015.              

WHY:          Crews will be performing building maintenance work. 

Customers are encouraged 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!

  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 24, 2015

Contact:         Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem

                        410-537-1017

 

WORK TO RESULT IN TEMPORARY

OFF-PEAK CLOSURES OF ONE NORTHBOUND TUBE OF

FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL (I-95) THIS WEEK

Closures Needed for Access & Safety of Workers, Equipment Placement

              

BALTIMORE, MD –  The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), which finances, operates and maintains the State’s eight toll facilities, will close one northbound tube of the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) to traffic temporarily as crews perform ongoing emergency pump repairs and additional repairs to a fresh water pipe that broke from the extreme freeze/thaw beneath the tunnel roadway.  Crews continue to investigate a potential blockage in the pump’s discharge line.

“I want to emphasize to our motorists that at no point did we close the tunnel bores for safety concerns related to the tunnel or roadway itself,” said MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner.  “The bore closures are needed as a safety measure for our crews working in confined spaces beneath the tunnel roadway and to allow us to stage necessary equipment in the bores.  Right now, we do not have an estimate on the length of time for the repairs, but our goal is to keep both northbound bores open to traffic during peak times.”

During the temporary off-peak closures, all northbound traffic will be directed through the open tube.  When the northbound right tube (Bore 4) is closed, drivers will move left to use the left tube (Bore 3).  When Bore 3 is closed, drivers will move right to use Bore 4. Drivers should follow overhead and portable electronic signs and consider I-695 (Key Bridge) or I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel) if destinations are north of Baltimore City.            

Closures currently are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning; and
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning. 

Please note that additional temporary, off-peak closures may occur as necessary.  The MDTA will issue traffic advisories if additional closures are scheduled. 

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  Know Before You Go!  For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information. 

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 5, 2015                                                                      

Contact:         Becky Freeberger

410-537-1017

  

HATEM BRIDGE E-ZPASS STOP-IN CENTER

TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY

BEGINNING MARCH 2

  

WHAT:       The E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Center at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) will be closed for approximately two months.                                                                  

WHEN:       The closure will begin on Monday, March 2, 2015.              

WHY:          Crews will be performing building maintenance work.

  

Customers are encouraged 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!

  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 11, 2014

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks

                        410-537-1017

 

REMINDER FOR I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANES:

TOLLS BEGIN SATURDAY, DEC. 13

Test Drive The ETL At No Charge Through Dec. 12

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists that toll collection on the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in northeast Baltimore will begin 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.  Drivers are still able to ‘test drive’ the I-95 ETL at no charge through Friday, Dec. 12.

When toll collection begins Dec. 13, the I-95 ETL will provide motorists with a convenient choice for reliable travel when they need it most.  Drivers are most likely to use the I-95 ETL during rush hours, holidays and major traffic incidents that cause congestion and delays in the general-travel lanes. 

The I-95 ETL are eight miles (seven tolled) of “through” lanes between White Marsh and Baltimore.  Motorists will be able to access the I-95 ETL from I-95, I-895, MD 43 at I-95 and Moravia Road at I-895.  Delays or increased traffic may continue at these locations as drivers become accustomed to the new lanes and signage.  The new lanes are part of a comprehensive I-95 Improvement Project focused on enhancing highway safety along this vital economic corridor.

Like the Intercounty Connector/MD 200, there are no toll plazas on the I-95 ETL. Tolls will be collected electronically at highway speeds using E-ZPass® as vehicles pass beneath overhead tolling structures.  The I-95 ETL also will use Video Tolling for drivers who do not have E-ZPass.  Toll rates vary by time of day, direction of travel and method of payment.

The I-95 ETL per-mile toll rates are at the low end of the ETL tolling plan approved by the MDTA Board in December 2013.  Drivers of two-axle vehicles with E-ZPass will pay a total of $1.75 during peak hours, $1.40 during off-peak hours and $0.70 overnight per trip to use the new lanes starting Dec. 13.  For all toll rates and pricing periods, visit mdta.maryland.gov.

Drivers without a valid E-ZPass account will pay a Video Toll Rate to travel the I-95 ETL.  A Notice of Toll Due will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle for the cost of the Video Toll, which is 1.5 times the E-ZPass toll rates, with a minimum of $1/maximum of $15 above the E-ZPass rates.

Get there faster with E-ZPass and the I-95 ETL!  Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll online or get a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.  E-ZPass Stop-in Centers are adjacent to Maryland toll plazas.

For a map and simulation video of the I-95 ETL, including where motorists can enter and exit the ETL, visit mdta.maryland.gov.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 4, 2014

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks

                        410-537-1017

 

NEW I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANES OPEN SATURDAY, DEC. 6

Test Drive The ETL At No Charge Through Dec. 12

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists that the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in northeast Baltimore will open to traffic by 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, weather permitting.  Drivers will be able to ‘test drive’ the I-95 ETL at no charge from the opening on Dec. 6 through Dec. 12, helping the MDTA to test the tolling equipment under actual traffic conditions and allowing all drivers an opportunity to become familiar with the I-95 ETL.

When toll collection begins Dec. 13, the I-95 ETL will provide motorists with a convenient choice for reliable travel when they need it most.  Drivers are most likely to use the I-95 ETL during rush hours, holidays and major traffic incidents that cause congestion and delays in the general-travel lanes. 

The I-95 ETL are eight miles (seven tolled) of “through” lanes between White Marsh and Baltimore.  Motorists will be able to access the I-95 ETL from I-95, I-895, MD 43 at I-95 and Moravia Road at I-895.  There may be delays or increased traffic at these locations as drivers become more accustomed to the new lanes and signage.  The new lanes are part of a comprehensive I-95 Improvement Project focused on enhancing highway safety along this vital economic corridor.

Like the Intercounty Connector/MD 200, there are no toll plazas on the I-95 ETL. Tolls will be collected electronically starting Dec. 13 at highway speeds using E-ZPass® as vehicles pass beneath overhead tolling structures.  The I-95 ETL also will use Video Tolling for drivers who do not have E-ZPass.  Toll rates vary by time of day, direction of travel and method of payment.

Get there faster with E-ZPass and the I-95 ETL!  Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll online or get a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.  E-ZPass Stop-in Centers are located at local Motor Vehicle Administration offices and are adjacent to Maryland toll plazas.

For a map and simulation video of the I-95 ETL, including where motorists can enter and exit the ETL, visit mdta.maryland.gov.

Dateline for I-95 ETL Opening:

  • Saturday, Dec. 6, by 6 a.m.:  I-95 ETL open between I-895 and MD 43 (weather permitting).
  • Saturday, Dec. 6 – Friday, Dec. 12 at midnight: Test-drive period -- no tolls will be collected.
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, 12:01 a.m.: Toll collection begins.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 24, 2014

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

BRING YOUR TOYS FOR TOTS ON YOUR COMMUTE TO THE ICC/LAYHILL ROAD INTERCHANGE

BALTIMORE, MD - Join the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police, MDTA staff and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in the national Toys for Tots campaign at the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200. Since 1990, MDTA employees have collected more than 138,000 toys from customers of the toll facilities and the Port of Baltimore.

From Wednesday, Dec. 3 - Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. daily, employees will collect new, unwrapped toys at the ICC/Layhill Road (MD 182) interchange.

Customers who wish to donate toys should follow directions from uniformed MDTA police officers or MDTA maintenance staff, who will be on the right shoulders of the ramps from eastbound and westbound ICC to Layhill Road. Officers will direct motorists who need to re-enter the ICC.

"Once again, we are excited about this opportunity for all of the citizens we serve to donate toys for those less fortunate," said MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner. "Each year, the men and women of the MDTA look forward to this holiday tradition."

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.

MDTA employees also will collect new, unwrapped toys at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels (I-895, I-95/I-395), the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the Dundalk Marine Terminal. Toys collected at the ICC will be given to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves base in Baltimore for distribution.

For more information on the MDTA's collection efforts, visit mdta.maryland.gov. For more on the Toys for Tots program, visit toysfortots.org. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us at facebook.com/TheMDTA and mdta.maryland.gov. Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 20, 2014

Contact:         John Sales

                       410-537-1017

 

 

BUSY THANKSGIVING WEEK ANTICIPATED AT MARYLAND’S TOLL FACILITIES

 

BALTIMORE, MD -- As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists to travel during off-peak hours, stay alert and plan ahead to avoid travel delays.  Based on traffic counts from previous years, Wednesday is expected to be the heaviest travel day, with many travelers also expected to hit the roads Tuesday.

The MDTA anticipates a one percent increase in traffic volumes compared to last year’s Thanksgiving holiday period.  Between Tuesday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 30, the MDTA expects more than 2.6 million travelers on its highways, bridges and tunnels:

·         Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) – more than 726,000 vehicles.

·         John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – nearly 667,000 vehicles.

·         William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 428,000 vehicles.

·         An additional 846,000 vehicles are projected to travel the Francis Scott Key Bridge
(I-695), the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge
(US 40) and the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) combined. 

All figures represent traffic volumes in both directions.

The MDTA offers the following tips to help motorists reach their destinations safely:

·         Travel during off-peak hours to avoid significant delays.  For the I-95 corridor, off-peak hours include:

  •   Tuesday and Wednesday -- before 6 a.m. and after 11 p.m.
  •   Thursday through Sunday -- before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.

·         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 To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.
  •   Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.  Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras at the bridge and to sign up for email alerts.
  •   A hands-free device any traveler will love.  Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.

·         Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 in your holiday travels.  The ICC now connects I-270/I-370 and Konterra Drive/US 1.

Reminder:  The Chesapeake and Maryland House Travel Plazas are both open for service on I-95.

Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA’s priority.  The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity.  The MDTA Police and Courtesy Patrol Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles.  In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from Tuesday, Nov. 25, to Monday, Dec. 1.

For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:

·         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.

·         State law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.

·         Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.

·         Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see, especially on bridges.

·         Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.

·         Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”

·         If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.

·         When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide the following:

• The location of the emergency

• A call-back telephone number

• Details of the incident/accident/disabled vehicle/or other circumstances                                    

·         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.

·         Drunk Driving. Over the limit. Under Arrest.

In accordance with the State’s budget-reduction plan, MDTA offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 28, including the E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center.  Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824 to sign up for E-ZPass, update account information or make payments via credit card.  Offices will reopen on Monday, Dec. 1.

REMINDER:

Dateline for I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) Opening in Baltimore:

  • Saturday, Dec. 6, by 6 a.m.:  I-95 ETL opens between I-895 and MD 43 (weather permitting).
  • Saturday, Dec. 6 – Friday, Dec. 12 at midnight: Test-drive period -- no tolls will be collected.
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, 12:01 a.m.: Toll collection begins.

For more information, visit mdta.maryland.gov.

 

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.  Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

 

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