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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 23, 2017

  

MDTA HONORED WITH AWARDS FOR SYSTEM PRESERVATION PROJECTS

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) Office of Engineering and Construction was honored with several awards at the Maryland Quality Initiative conference last month.

The MDTA and its partners received the following awards for the deck rehabilitation of the bridges on I-95 south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel project:

  • Overall “Project of the Year” Award, Over $5 Million
  • Partnering Gold Award
  • Outstanding Minority Business Enterprise – Award of Excellence – Sunrise Safety
  • Outstanding Sub-Contractor – Award of Excellence – Sunrise Safety

The MDTA also received the Modal Award of Excellence (Construction & Design), Under $5 Million, for structural repairs on the I-95 bridges north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

Lastly, the National Asphalt Paving Association presented the MDTA with a Quality in Construction Award for its 12.5 mile I-95 resurfacing project.

Find the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov and on Twitter and Facebook at /TheMDTA

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Editor’s Note: A picture of the awards is available upon request. Please contact the MDTA Division of Communications at the number above if you are interested.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 1, 2017

 

SPEEDING STOPS HERE

Feb. 2 Enforcement Initiative on I-95 in Harford County

MOVE OVER for Emergency Responders

 

BALTIMORE, MD - To help prevent crashes from speeding and aggressive driving, multiple law-enforcement agencies will participate in a joint enforcement effort along the Maryland Transportation Authority's (MDTA) John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) tomorrow.

"Speed and aggressive driving continue to be major factors in crashes in Maryland and across the U.S.," said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. "We are grateful to the State and local law-enforcement personnel who are combining their forces to help keep our roads safe for all motorists, including our police, maintenance/construction crews and Courtesy Patrols who must work along the interstates."

"Targeted enforcement and educational efforts play a key role in Maryland's efforts to reduce fatalities on our roadways," said Maryland Motor Vehicle Administrator Christine E. Nizer, Governor Larry Hogan's Highway Safety Representative. "Drivers must realize that speeding and aggressive-driving behaviors can kill them and innocent victims."

The joint effort includes the Maryland State Police, the MDTA Police, the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the Bel Air Police Department, the Havre de Grace Police Department and the Aberdeen Police Department. Officers and deputies will saturate northbound and southbound I-95 between the Harford/Baltimore County line and the MD 24 interchange to enforce the posted speed limit of 65 mph in this area and to focus on other aggressive-driving behaviors.

"The goal of Maryland State Troopers on patrol is to save lives by promoting safe driving behaviors and by preventing and investigating crashes. This is accomplished by consistent enforcement of Maryland's traffic laws," said First Sgt. Edward Luers, Assistant Commander of the Maryland State Police JFK Highway Barrack.

MOVE OVER and protect those who protect us. Maryland law requires drivers to MOVE OVER when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If a safe lane change is not possible, drivers must slow down.

On average, more than 15,000 speed-involved crashes occur on Maryland roadways each year, and speeding is a major component in aggressive-driving crashes. In addition, speed increases the risk of serious injury or death in a crash. The five-year Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan brings together public-sector, private-sector and non-profit partners to combat traffic crashes and resulting serious injuries and fatalities. Learn more at http://www.mva.maryland.gov/safety/mhso/state-highway-safety-plan.html.

Find the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov and on Twitter and Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 16, 2016

 

I-95 ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS STUDY VIRTUAL MEETING ONLINE

 

WHAT: The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation (Baltimore City DOT) have posted a "virtual meeting" on MDTA's website for those who could not attend the two public open houses in November 2016. The open houses were held for interested parties to learn more about the I-95 Access Improvements Study, to provide input and to review alternative options for infrastructure improvements.

To view the virtual meeting, visit mdta.maryland.gov. From the homepage, click "Toll Dollars @ Work" on the left navigation bar, then click "I-95 Access Improvements Study" on the left navigation bar under "Projects and Studies," and then click "Virtual Meeting" on the left navigation bar.

The virtual meeting shows seven brief videos of the display boards that were at the open houses with a voiceover explaining each one.

WHY: The MDTA and the Baltimore City DOT are studying proposed transportation improvements to support existing and planned development in the Port Covington area. The improvements being studied are meant to ensure that the I-95 corridor and major local roads, including Hanover Street, McComas Street and Key Highway, will continue to connect people to where they live, work and play in an efficient manner.

For more information, visit the project webpage at mdta.maryland.gov. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 6, 2016

 

MDTA NAMES KEVIN REIGRUT

AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board has named Kevin C. Reigrut to lead the 1,700-employee agency that oversees the State's eight toll facilities and the E-ZPass Maryland system effective Jan. 3, 2017, following the retirement of current Executive Director Milt Chaffee. Mr. Reigrut has served as Assistant Secretary of Operations for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2014.

"Kevin is a results-driven leader who brings more than 20 years of experience in public policy, project management and legislative affairs to this role," said MDTA Chairman and Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. "I have very high expectations of Kevin to deliver bold results at the MDTA."

Before being named Assistant Secretary of Operations for MDOT, Mr. Reigrut served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Andy Harris and as Homeland Security Planning and Policy Development Manager for former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. He also served as an Associate for Booz/Allen/Hamilton, Inc., and in various roles in the Maryland General Assembly.

As MDTA Executive Director, Mr. Reigrut will manage the agency's daily operations, including the nationally accredited MDTA Police; a $300 million annual operating budget; and a $2.4 billion six-year capital program. He also will work with MDTA Board Members to establish policy and direction for the agency.

"I'm honored to have the trust of the Hogan Administration and the Chairman and Board Members of the MDTA," said Mr. Reigrut. "I am enthusiastically looking forward to working side-by-side with the outstanding MDTA team and building on the agency's efforts to continuously improve customer service, safety and security, efficient travel and financial stewardship."

A resident of Pasadena, Mr. Reigrut graduated from the Maxwell School of Public Citizenship at Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. He is also a Board Member of the Tipton Airport Authority, a general aviation facility in Ft. Meade, Md.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) finances, owns, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities. The MDTA's Board Members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the State Senate, serve as the agency's policy-setting and governing body. Maryland's Secretary of Transportation serves as MDTA Chairman.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 30, 2016

 

Contact:  Lt. Kevin Ayd, 410-977-5772

          

BRING YOUR TOYS FOR TOTS ON YOUR COMMUTE DEC. 7 - 9

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Join the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police, MDTA staff and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in the national Toys for Tots campaign at the Baltimore harbor crossings.  Since 1990, MDTA employees have collected more than 148,000 toys from customers of the toll facilities and the Port of Baltimore. 

From Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to

5 p.m. daily, employees will collect new, unwrapped toys at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels (I-895, I-95) and the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) in Baltimore, and also at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40), the Intercounty Connector (MD 200) and the Dundalk Marine Terminal. 

“We are excited about this opportunity for our customers to donate toys for those less fortunate,” said MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee.  “Each year, the men and women of the MDTA look forward to this holiday tradition.”

Toll facility customers who wish to donate toys should use the far-right toll lane and follow directions from Santa, uniformed MDTA police officers or MDTA staff.  (Note: This includes E-ZPass customers who wish to drop off toys.)  The MDTA Police remind drivers to keep safety in mind as they approach toy drop-off sites.  Toys may be dropped off during scheduled times only.  Toll collectors are unable to accept donations in the toll lanes

Toys collected at the Baltimore-area facilities will be given to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves base in northeast 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.  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.

HoganSeal

For immediate release: 
November 21, 2016
 

Governor Larry Hogan Announces $765 Million for New Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge
Construction to Begin in 2020, Completion Anticipated in 2023 – Seven Years Sooner than Legislatively Mandated Plan

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Standing at the base of the 75-year-old Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge, Governor Larry Hogan today announced $765 million in funding for construction of a new Potomac River crossing from Charles County, Maryland, to King George County, Virginia. This crossing is vital to the nation’s security and to the quality of life of thousands of Marylanders who depend on this bridge daily for work, business, and recreation. The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) anticipates advertising a design-build contract for the new bridge in 2018, starting construction in 2020, and opening a new, wider, and safer bridge in 2023 – seven years sooner than the plan legislatively mandated this past session through Senate Bill 907.

Currently, there are 1,073 transportation projects, totaling nearly $8 billion dollars, under construction across the state – a record amount for the state of Maryland.

“With this announcement, I am extremely proud to officially dedicate more than $760 million dollars to fully fund a new Potomac River bridge and finally replace the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge,” said Governor Hogan. “From the start, our administration has consistently taken every step necessary to expeditiously push forward with this much-needed replacement project and going forward we will continue to push to ensure it’s completed as fast and efficiently as possible. Simply put, Marylanders deserve better than the daily congestion caused by the current bridge and with the construction of this new bridge, they will finally get it.”

Governor Hogan and the administration have been strong advocates for replacing the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge since taking office. Under the governor’s leadership, the Board of Public Works approved a $15 million contract for preliminary design and engineering of the replacement bridge in 2015. In addition, the administration allocated over $61 million toward this project in the FY 2017-2022 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP). Using this funding, MDTA has begun preliminary engineering for the new bridge, which includes environmental studies, test borings, right-of-way acquisition, and preliminary engineering for replacement designs. This is the final step before design can begin.  

With only one, narrow lane in each direction, the existing bridge causes near daily congestion and traffic issues. Routine maintenance and large-scale preservation efforts have significant traffic impacts. The new bridge will be built north of and parallel to the existing 1.7-mile bridge and will include two lanes of traffic in each direction and a barrier-separated bicycle and pedestrian path.

MDTA was able to reduce the initial $1 billion price tag of the project by more than $200 million by taking a practical design approach to the new bridge. This project is anticipated to support an estimated 1,180 jobs per year over five years.

“By right-sizing the bridge design, we’re able to deliver an affordable new bridge and do it years sooner,” said Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman Pete K. Rahn.

Without the construction of this project, the current bridge would have required a major rehabilitation project in the next five years. The MDTA will demolish the existing bridge after the new bridge opens.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 18, 2016

 

RICHARD JARAMILLO NAMED

BAY BRIDGE ADMINISTRATOR

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), which finances, owns, operates and maintains the state’s eight toll facilities, today announced that it has named Richard Jaramillo as its Administrator for the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301).

“We are welcoming Richard back to the MDTA and the Bay Bridge, where he previously held the Deputy Administrator position,” said MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee.  “I am confident that Richard’s expertise and previous MDTA experience will prove to be a great asset to the bridge and our stakeholders.”

As Facility Administrator, Mr. Jaramillo manages 82 full-time personnel and the bridge’s daily toll-collection, maintenance and traffic-management activities and coordinates budgets and construction projects at the bridge.  He will balance operations and preservation work, build relationships with MDTA customers and communities and keep safety a priority.

A Kent Island resident, Mr. Jaramillo began his career at the MDTA in 2006.  In addition to serving as Bay Bridge Deputy Administrator, he previously served as Assistant Manager for Capital Programming and Assistant Manager for Government and Community Relations, where he was responsible for the development and oversight of the six-year capital program and long-range capital needs among other responsibilities.

Before joining the MDTA, Mr. Jaramillo was Division Manager for New Mexico’s Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, where he was responsible for the daily operations, duties, planning and budgets for a territory of 400-plus miles and more than 80 employees.  He also is a former City Councilman for Belen, N.M.  Before returning to the MDTA, Mr. Jaramillo was a consultant for Zions Bancorporation and C.R. England, both in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 13, 2016

 

DONATE CANNED GOODS

DURING HUNGER ACTION MONTH

Donate non-perishable food items at

E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers through Sept. 30

 

BALTIMORE, MD - Join the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) in donating your time and resources to feed the hungry. MDTA employees are collecting canned goods and other 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 part of Operation Orange, which unites Marylanders with the common purpose of helping others."

Through Sept. 30, employees will collect non-perishable items at E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers during regular business hours. Please visit ezpassmd.com for Stop-in Center locations and hours. You also may bring your donations to the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 facility at 13201 Konterra Drive in Laurel from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The items most needed are: canned meat, ham, 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; and infant formula.

Customers also may use the Maryland Food Bank's virtual food drive to donate online at fooddrive.mdfoodbank.org. Virtual food drives are accessible through Sept. 30.

Follow the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov, twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA. For more on the Maryland Day to Serve program, which runs Sept. 10 through Oct. 10, visit daytoserve.org/Maryland.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 9, 2016

                       

GOVERNOR HOGAN APPOINTS NEW MEMBER TO

MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY


BALTIMORE, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has appointed financial planner Katherine Bays Armstrong of Howard County to serve as the newest Board Member of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA).  Ms. Armstrong was appointed on Sept. 1, 2016.

“I am confident Ms. Armstrong’s financial, business and community background will be an asset to an already-strong and diverse MDTA governing body,” said MDTA Chairman and Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

A Certified Financial Planner of Heritage Financial Consultants, LLC, Ms. Armstrong previously served as Vice President of Investment and Wealth Management for Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co. (now PNC).  She also served as a faculty member for The Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Towson University and Notre Dame University of Maryland from 1978 – 2013 and has published numerous articles related to financial planning.

Ms. Armstrong received her master’s degree in Economics from Loyola University and previously served on the boards of numerous non-profits, including Network 2000, Junior League of Baltimore, Howard Community College Educational Foundation and Maryland Women in Philanthropy.  She twice received the Junior League President’s Award for outstanding contributions to the Baltimore community and was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record in 1997, 2005 and 2007.

“I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to working with this well-respected organization and talented team,” said Ms. Armstrong.

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) finances, owns and operates the state’s eight toll facilities.  The MDTA’s Board Members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the state Senate, serve as the agency’s policy-setting and governing body.  Maryland's Secretary of Transportation serves as MDTA Chairman.

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For Immediate Release:

September 1, 2016

 

Heavy Labor Day Weekend Traffic Anticipated on Maryland's Highways & Toll Facilities

Motorists Urged to Plan for a Safe & Sober Ride;

Travel Off-Peak at the Bay Bridge

 

As summer comes to an unofficial close, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is preparing for increased traffic on Maryland's highways and toll facilities this Labor Day holiday weekend. MDOT reminds motorists that having a plan for a safe and sober ride home can be the difference between life and death.

"More than 170 people are killed every year on Maryland's roads by drunk and drugged drivers," said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. "Every one of those deaths was preventable, and each victim was a family member or friend who is not alive today because of someone else's stupidity."

MDOT's Highway Safety Office offers the following tips for a safe Labor Day weekend:

· Download Maryland's smartphone app known as ENDUI (pronounced END-DUI) for free from the iTunes store or the Google Play store. With key features such as creating a designated driver list or instantly locating the nearest taxi service or public transportation, ENDUI makes it easier than ever to prevent impaired driving.

· Designate a safe and sober driver before the party begins.

· If you don't have a designated driver, plan to call a cab or a ride share, use public transportation or have a sober friend or family member drive you.

· Never let friends drive if they have had too much alcohol to drink.

· For information on MDOT's Toward Zero Deaths campaign, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.

Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest: The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will remain vigilant and target impaired and aggressive drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity. Additional MDTA Police patrols will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at Maryland toll facilities throughout the holiday weekend.

Plan ahead, travel off-peak and Drive Smart. Arrive Safe: The MDTA anticipates more than 1.8 million motorists will travel its toll facilities over the holiday weekend. This total represents a one percent increase in traffic volumes compared to last year. More than 353,000 motorists are expected to travel the Bay Bridge alone.

Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this holiday weekend include:

  • Thursday - after 6 p.m.
  • Friday - before 10 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
  • Saturday - before 7 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
  • Sunday/Monday - before 10 a.m. and after midnight.

The E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824. Additionally, MDOT's Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will close all offices on Saturday, Sept. 3, and Monday, Sept. 5. All full-service Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) stations also will close. Seven of MVA's nine self-service VEIP kiosks will remain open and are available 24/7. The Owings Mills and Baltimore City kiosks will both be closed on Monday due to parking lot resurfacing. For more information about online MVA transactions, please click here.

The MDTA and Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will lift non-emergency and construction-related lane closures on state highways from Friday, Sept. 2, to Tuesday, Sept. 6. MDTA courtesy patrols and SHA highway response technicians will be deployed to assist disabled vehicles, help clear debris from the roadway and work to open lanes as soon as possible after a crash.

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

  • In the event of a property damage crash, Move It - move vehicles onto a shoulder to exchange information.
  • Look up, Look out and stay alert for pedestrians and cyclists, especially during school arrival and dismissal times.
  • Move Over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  • Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  • Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
  • Always Wear Your Seat Belt: Seat belts are your best defense in a crash. Being properly secured keeps you in control of your vehicle and ready to react to a hazardous situation. Buckle up ... that includes your children and other passengers in front and rear seats.
  • Know Before You Go and use 5-1-1 or log onto md511.org for travel conditions throughout the State. Maryland's 5-1-1 System features a "Reach the Beach" Prompt. From a hands-free mobile device, call 5-1-1 and say "Reach the Beach" for travel conditions from the Bay Bridge and points east to the ocean resorts.
  • For real-time updates on major incidents, follow the MDTA on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. 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.

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