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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 24, 2014

Contact:  Becky Freeberger, 410-537-1017

          

BRING CANNED GOODS

 ON YOUR COMMUTE

Donate non-perishable food items at MD

bridges and tunnels Sept. 24-26 and Sept. 29-30

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Join the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) and Marylanders from across the state in the Maryland Day to Serve campaign to donate time and/or resources which brings citizens together to feed the hungry and heal the planet.  Along with the Maryland Department of Transportation, MDTA employees have commenced Operation Orange Canned Food Drive and are collecting non-perishable food items at MDTA toll facilities for the Maryland Food Bank.

“We are honored to be a part of this remarkable initiative that will help put food on the table for families,” said MDTA Executive Director Bruce Gartner. “As a public-service agency, the MDTA is excited to be a part of Operation Orange and the Maryland Day to Serve campaign uniting Marylanders with the common purpose of helping others.”

Starting today through Sept. 26 and Sept. 29 - 30 from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. daily, employees will collect non-perishable items at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry Tunnels (I-895, I-95), the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40), the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) and the ICC/MD 200 Facility on Crabbs Branch Way. Non-perishable items will be collected at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301) Sept. 24 – 25 and Sept. 29 - 30 from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m daily.  You may also bring your donations to any E-ZPass MD Stop-in Center daily through Sept. 30 during regular business hours.

The items most needed are:  canned meat, ham and chicken; peanut butter; macaroni and cheese; canned stews; canned tuna, salmon and sardines; nuts and seeds; dried canned beans; oatmeal; breakfast cereal; rice and rice cakes; pasta; canned fruits and juices; canned vegetables; canned soup; evaporated milk; powdered milk; infant fomula; pudding; diapers; toilet paper; and plastic/paper cups and plates.

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

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 25, 2014

Contact:          John Sales

410-537-1017

 

 

HEAVY LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAFFIC

ANTICIPATED AT MDTA TOLL FACILITIES

 

BALTIMORE, MD -- As summer comes to an unofficial close, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the more than 1.8 million motorists anticipated to travel its facilities over the Labor Day holiday weekend to plan ahead; travel off-peak; and Drive Smart.  Arrive Safe.  This total represents a two percent increase in traffic volumes compared to last year.

MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, Aug. 29, and Monday, Sept. 1:

·         William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 347,000.

·         John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – more than 453,000.

·         Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95, I-395) – more than 452,000.

An additional 573,000 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 totals represent traffic in both directions.

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:

·         Travel off-peak when heading to and from beach destinations.  The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include:

  •          Thursday – before noon and after 10 p.m.
  •          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.
  •          Labor Day Monday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

·         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 at the Bay Bridge 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 real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
  •          For current toll rates, visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator. 

·         Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 in your holiday travels.

Reminder:  If driving on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95), the Chesapeake and Maryland House Travel Plazas are both open for service.

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.  Officers will target aggressive drivers during the fourth wave of the Smooth Operator Program from Aug. 31 through Sept. 6.  The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery 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 5 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1.

Please be aware of the new safety signage installed on the Bay Bridge, including:                                      

  •          MANDATORY HEADLIGHT USE AREA signs along both the westbound and eastbound bridges, which were installed in May. Headlights are required at all times on the bridge. Enforcement will begin after the holiday weekend.
  •          Curve warning signs and 40 mph speed-limit signs prior to curves on both bridges;
  •          YOUR SPEED IS driver feedback signs on both bridges; and
  •          DO NOT TAILGATE signs on both bridges.

I-95 South of Fort McHenry Tunnel:  A major rehabilitation project is underway on I-95 in Baltimore City. Currently, traffic lanes on northbound I-95 split around the work zone between the Caton Avenue on-ramp and the Fort McHenry Tunnel: three lanes to the left and one lane to the right.  Motorists in the three left lanes can NOT use Exit 52 (Russell Street), but can access Exits 53 (Northbound I-395) and 55 (Key Highway).  KEEP RIGHT TO ACCESS RUSSELL STREET EXIT.  The right lane still has access to Exits 53 and 55.  Northbound I-95 Exit 54 (Hanover Street) is closed continuously through mid-September.  The detour route directs motorists to Exit 55 (Key Highway), to McComas Street, to Hanover Street.  In addition, the on-ramp from Russell Street to northbound I-95 is closed continuously through mid-September.  The detour route directs motorists to Russell Street Service Drive, to southbound I-395, to northbound I-95.  Automated Speed Enforcement equipment is operational on northbound I-95 throughout the work zone.  Motorists should consider the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) or the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) if their destinations are north or south of Baltimore.

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

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-use control signals.
  •          Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text or 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.
  •          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.”
  •          If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  •          State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle using visual signals.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.

In accordance with the State’s budget-reduction plan, MDTA offices will be closed on Friday, Aug. 29, 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 Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 4, 2014

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

 

NEW $26 MILLION CHESAPEAKE HOUSE TRAVEL PLAZA ON I-95 TO OPEN TOMORROW

 Public-Private Partnership Supports 400 Construction and 575 Operating Jobs

Monument Honoring Maryland Military Women to Open in September at New Facility

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Weather permitting, at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, August 5, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) and Areas USA will officially open the new $26 million Chesapeake House Travel Plaza along I-95 in Cecil County, six weeks ahead of schedule.  The Market Place one-stop shop, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Sunoco fuel station, A Plus convenience store and restrooms will be the first to open followed by the Earl of Sandwich at 6 a.m.  The remaining food concessions will open at 10 a.m., including Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy’s and Auntie Anne’s. 

Through an innovative Public-Private Partnership (P3) with the MDTA, Areas USA invested approximately $56 million to redesign and rebuild the Chesapeake House and Maryland House travel plazas on the JFK Memorial Highway (I-95) in northeastern Maryland.  The Maryland House in Harford County officially opened on January 16, 2014, with Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin hosting a pre-opening tour and ribbon cutting of the new facility on January 13, 2014.

“The Chesapeake House, and the already operational Maryland House, offer state-of-the-art facilities and many options for residents and travelers,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Through public-private partnerships like this one, we are able to create jobs and bring private sector innovation to our most critical infrastructure projects. I want to commend Areas USA for their work on this project, and I look forward to visiting the new monument honoring our Maryland Women Veterans.”

The Chesapeake House property includes a planned location for the Maryland Women in Military Service Monument.  The monument will honor women from the State of Maryland, past and present, who honorably and proudly served our nation in war and peace.  The Commission on the Establishment of the Women in Military Service Monument, in conjunction with Areas USA, the Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, is coordinating the design and construction of the monument.  Installation of the Maryland Women in Military Service Monument is expected to be complete by late September. 

“Thanks to the leadership of Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown, Maryland has realized another successful public-private partnership to meet the transportation needs of our State while creating jobs in Cecil County,” said Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman James T. Smith, Jr.  “We can use these two projects as models in our efforts to deliver transportation solutions that make a real difference to Marylanders.”

The new 30,000 square-foot Chesapeake House features food from Earl of Sandwich, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy’s, Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Auntie Anne’s.  The new 4,300 square-foot A Plus convenience store at the Sunoco high-speed fueling station features custom crafted food and drinks.  The Chesapeake House also includes the following amenities:
 

  •  Contemporary design and natural lighting;
  •  Additional bus parking and indoor/outdoor seating;
  •  Free Wi-Fi;
  •  Modern restroom facilities and equipment;
  •  Building with “green” features –LEED certified silver;
  •  Staffed Welcome Center; and
  •  Kids Korner seating area.

“We’re pleased to unveil this exceptional facility and introduce a new level of customer service to the millions of people who visit the Chesapeake House travel plaza each year,” said Xavier Rabell, CEO of Areas USA. “Working together with the Maryland Transportation Authority and many of our local partners, we have created an innovative facility that will exemplify Maryland’s leadership in water conservation and management and offers national brands, state-of-the-art facilities, convenient access and essential services, all within an environmentally sensitive design.”

Areas USA will operate and maintain the travel plazas through 2047, while the MDTA retains ownership and oversight of the plazas.  Sunoco, Areas USA’s gas partner, will operate and maintain the fuel stations.  The P3 agreement supports 400 construction and 575 operating jobs and will bring in more than $400 million to the State over the course of the 35-year agreement.

“Thank you to the millions of MDTA customers for their patience as Areas USA completed the new Chesapeake House six weeks ahead of schedule,” said MDTA Executive Director Bruce Gartner.  “The hard work and dedication of the hundreds of people who worked on this project is evident in both the new Maryland and Chesapeake House travel plazas, from the fresh landscaping and new sidewalks on the outside to the open space, natural lighting and modernized bathrooms on the inside.”

The original Maryland House, which opened in November 1963 along what was then called the Northeastern Expressway (I-95), housed a cafeteria and a sit-down restaurant with linen tablecloths and had two gas stations.  To meet the growing number of travelers along this busy interstate, the Chesapeake House opened in 1975.  The two travel plazas are among the busiest in the country, serving more than five million customers each year.

Timeline – Travel Plaza Redevelopment:

  • Sept. 16, 2012: Areas USA becomes new travel-plaza concessionaire.  The Maryland House closed for reconstruction; the Chesapeake House remained open.
  • Spring 2013: Construction begins on new Chesapeake House adjacent to existing facility.
  • Jan. 16, 2014: New Maryland House opens for business; Chesapeake House closes for reconstruction.
  • August 5, 2014: Chesapeake House reopens six weeks ahead of schedule.

Photos of the new Maryland House and Chesapeake House can be found at www.mdta.maryland.gov/MD_I-95_Travel_Plazas/Home.html.  Customers can provide feedback about the new Maryland House to Areas USA at 866-820-1178 or via email at guestservice@areasmail.com. 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 9, 2014

Contact:           John Sales

                        410-537-1017

 

**MEDIA ALERT**

PUBLIC WARNED OF E-ZPASS MARYLAND
'PHISHING' EMAIL SCAM

Public Can Call Customer Service Line at 1-888-321-6824 to Report Phony Emails

BALTIMORE, MD The Maryland Transportation Authority is warning the public today that several phony emails are circulating requesting E-ZPass Maryland customers to pay their toll debt online.  This is a phishing email seeking to obtain personal information and should be ignored and deleted.  A sample of this email is shown below.

Under no circumstance does E-ZPass Maryland ever request personal information via email.  While E-ZPass Maryland periodically sends marketing emails for upcoming events, projects or surveys, the agency 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.

If contacted via email by anyone stating that they are from E-ZPass Maryland and they are seeking personal information, E-ZPass Maryland advises the public not to open or respond to the message.  The safest thing to do is delete the email.  The public is urged to call the E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Center at 1-888-321-6824 to report if they have been contacted by someone attempting to obtain personal information, or if they have any questions about their account information.

 Phish email

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2014

 

CONTACT:    Cheryl Sparks

                        410-537-1017

                               

GOVERNOR O'MALLEY APPOINTS NEW MEMBER TO

MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

 

BALTIMORE, MD - Governor Martin O'Malley has appointed Katrina J. Dennis of Pikesville to serve as the newest Board Member of the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA).  A Principal with the Baltimore law firm of Kramon & Graham PA, Ms. Dennis is a trial lawyer who focuses on employment and commercial law.  She has extensive knowledge of employment disputes and employer management issues, as well as commercial litigation.  

"Ms. Dennis brings a wealth of knowledge to an agency known for using innovative financing strategies to fund key projects that grow our expanding economy," said Governor O'Malley.  "As a Maryland Transportation Authority Board member, her expertise in employment and commercial law, coupled with her commitment to public service, make Ms. Dennis a true asset in delivering a modern, interconnected transportation network that Maryland residents can depend on."

Ms. Dennis holds a bachelor of arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  She is recognized as one of the "Rising Stars" in Maryland Super Lawyers for 2013 and 2014, and The Daily Record also recognized her as one of Marylands Leading Women in 2013, an honor recognizing women age 40 and under for tremendous career accomplishments and leadership in the community.  In addition, Ms. Dennis is a 2014 recipient of The Daily Record's Very Important Professionals - Successful by 40 award.

"Transportation touches all of our lives and Ms. Dennis will play a key role in the O'Malley-Brown Administration's efforts to create jobs, expand opportunity and strengthen Maryland's middle class," said MDTA Chairman and Transportation Secretary James T. Smith, Jr. 

Ms. Dennis was officially sworn in by the clerk of the court in Towson on June 23.

 "I am honored to receive this appointment and for the opportunity to bring my experience and perspective to the agency, said Dennis.  "I look forward to helping to guide an agency that touches the lives of Maryland's citizens each and every day."

 

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 19, 2014

 Contact: John Sales
                410-537-1017

 

SUMMER 2014 TRAVEL SEASON
KICKS OFF WITH MEMORIAL DAY
Reminder: Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge

 

BALTIMORE, MD – As the unofficial start to summer approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the more than 1.7 million motorists anticipated to travel MDTA roadways this holiday – plan ahead; travel off-peak; and Drive Smart. Arrive Safe.  This total represents a 1% increase in traffic counts compared to last year. 

MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, May 23, and Monday, May 26:

  • Bay Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 333,000.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – more than 452,500.
  • Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95, I-395) – more than 477,000. 

An additional 534,500 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 totals represent traffic in both directions.

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend and throughout the summer months:

  • Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore.  The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include:
    • Thursday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
    • 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.
    • Memorial Day Monday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  •  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 at the Bay Bridge 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, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
    • For toll rates, visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator.  The current cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Bay Bridge is $6.
  • Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 in your travel route to the Eastern Shore.

Reminder:  If driving on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95), the new Maryland House is open for service and the Chesapeake House is closed for reconstruction.  The Chesapeake House reopens Summer/Fall 2014.

Please be aware of the new safety signage installed on the Bay Bridge, including:

  • MANDATORY HEADLIGHT USE AREA signs along both the westbound and eastbound bridges. Headlights are required at all times on the bridge;
  • Curve warning signs and 40 mph speed-limit signs prior to curves on the westbound and eastbound bridges;
  • YOUR SPEED IS signage on the bridge;
  • DO NOT TAILGATE signs on the westbound and eastbound bridges;
  • To be installed after Memorial Day weekend: CONGESTION AHEAD signs with flashers to activate during heavy congestion to warn motorists of the potential for slowed/stopped vehicles.

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 Vehicle Recovery 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 from Friday, May 23, at 5 a.m. through Tuesday, May 27, at 9 a.m.

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

  • Pay attention to 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.
  • Law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.  Click It or Ticket.
  • 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.”
  • 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.

In accordance with the State’s budget-reduction plan, MDTA offices will be closed on Friday, May 23, 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 Tuesday, May 27.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 22, 2014

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

 

WHITEMARSH RUN RESTORATION PROJECT

TO BEGIN NEXT MONTH

Includes Wetland Creation, Preservation and Enhancements, Stream Restoration and Invasive Species Management

 

BALTIMORE, MD  The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $4.9 million project to restore Whitemarsh Run and its wetlands in Northeast Baltimore County.  The environmental mitigation/stewardship project, expected to begin in May, is part of the I-95 Improvement Project with Express Toll Lanes (ETL) and will offset environmental impacts from recent and prior activities to streams and wetlands.

The Whitemarsh Run Conservation Area covers 183 acres of undeveloped, open and forested land in White Marsh at the head of Bird River within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  The ecologically valuable land experienced negative impacts from mining operations in the area between 1929 and the early 1980s and unavoidable impacts from recent construction work on the ETL.

The project will preserve, create and enhance wetlands; control erosion and sedimentation to improve water quality; improve fish passage and nurture spawning habitats for successful future fish populations; improve wildlife habitat and enhance the diversity of native vegetation; manage invasive species; and establish native forest communities that provide habitat for a variety of wildlife.

The environmental project is expected to last nearly one year.  Environmental Quality Resources, LLC, of Arbutus, Md. will perform the work.  The Maryland Department of the Environment and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will guide and regulate the design, construction and long-term monitoring of the project.

For more information about the project visit mdta.maryland.gov and

i-95expresstolllanes.comFollow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2014

Contact: Cheryl M. Sparks

                 410-537-1017 

Statement from Maryland Transportation Authority on
National Transportation Safety Boards Final Report
from Investigation of July 19, 2013, Bay Bridge Crash

Baltimore, MD The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) was notified today that the National Transportation Safety Boards (NTSB) Office of Highway Safety released its final report for the investigation of the July 19, 2013, crash on the Bay Bridge (US 50/301).  In response, MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner offers the following statement:

"The MDTA appreciates the thorough investigation of the July 19, 2013, crash conducted by the NTSB.  We also thank Senator Barbara Mikulski, whose interest in the crash demonstrated her concern for motorists safety.

Similar to the MDTA Police and Maryland State Police joint investigation, NTSBs final report attributes the cause of the crash to driver inattention on the part of the commercial-vehicle operator. The NTSBs report underscores the immense responsibility of each and every driver when traveling the Bay Bridge. Please keep your eyes on the road, dont tailgate and put your cell phones away. In turn, motorists can be assured that the MDTA places their safety first at all of its bridges, tunnels and highways. Just last month we outlined $500,000 in safety upgrades for the Bay Bridge, including requiring vehicles to use their headlights at all times on the bridge."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 14, 2014

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

MAJOR TWO-YEAR PROJECT BEGINS ON I-95 SOUTH OF THE FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL

4.4 Miles of Roadway Resurfacing and Joint Replacement Work

Traffic Shift on Northbound I-95 to Begin Sunday Night

BALTIMORE, MD – The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $66 million project to remove and replace the existing concrete deck (riding) surface and roadway joints on mainline I-95 and the ramps serving I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue (Exit 50).  This preservation project, funded completely by toll revenue and expected to last two construction seasons, includes lane shifts on mainline I-95, reduced lane widths, elimination of shoulders and full-time and part-time ramp closures and detours around the work zone.

Currently, crews are repairing and replacing storm drains along I-95 between Caton Avenue and Washington Boulevard.  Weather permitting, beginning Sunday night, March 16, northbound I-95 lanes will shift from the median toward the right shoulder and in late March/early April, construction barriers will be set up on northbound I-95 throughout the 4.4-mile construction zone. 

Weather permitting, in early May, southbound I-95 lanes will shift from the median toward the right shoulder followed by the installation of concrete barriers. By early summer, the ramp from southbound I-395 to southbound I-95 will be reduced to one lane for approximately three months and will reopen before the new school year begins in August.

The following ramps will be affected at various times during this project:

 

Full-Time Ramp Closures

Part-Time Ramp Closures

  • McComas Street to I-95.
  • Washington Boulevard to I-95 SB.
  • MD 295 to I-95 NB.
  • I-95 NB to Hanover Street.
  • I-95 NB to Key Highway.
  • Hanover Street to I-95 SB.
  • I-95 SB to I-395 NB.
  • I-95 SB to MD 295 SB.
  • Russell Street to I-95 SB.
  • I-95 SB to Caton Avenue.
  • I-95 NB to Russell Street.
  • I-395 SB to I-95 NB.
Full-time ramp closures will last 24/7 for approximately one to two weeks while part-time closures will occur on nights and weekends.  Scheduled 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.  All lanes on I-95 will be maintained throughout the project.  Drivers should expect delays and shifts in traffic patterns in and around the work zone.
 
Construction is expected to be complete in mid 2016.  G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc., of York, Pa. will repair and replace aged bridge decks and drainage troughs, and mill and resurface the bridge decks.  Work also includes miscellaneous structural repairs.
 
The Fort McHenry Tunnel opened in 1985.  Bridges along I-95 north of the tunnel were resurfaced in 2001 and 2004.  This will be the first resurfacing project on I-95 south of the tunnel since it opened.
 
The MDTA will alert the public to changing traffic patterns, ramp closures and alternative routes/ detours through traffic advisories, website and social media updates and notifications to local residents, schools, hospitals, businesses and emergency services.  Portable and overhead electronic message signs will display travel information.  For information on the MDTA’s 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

March 5, 2014

Contacts:         1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, MDTA Police, 410-537-7724 

                        Matthew Verghese, Lt. Governor’s Office, 410-701-0131

          

LT. GOVERNOR BROWN HONORS

TOP MDTA COPS

Anne Arundel County Resident Named Officer of the Year

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Yesterday evening, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown joined Transportation Deputy Secretary Wilson H. Parran, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner and MDTA Police Chief Col. Michael T. Kundrat to honor sworn and civilian members of the MDTA Police who distinguished themselves during 2013.

“Members of the MDTA Police play a key role in protecting some of Maryland’s most vital transportation facilities,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “From the Port of Baltimore and BWI Marshall Airport to our bridges, tunnels and highways, these outstanding men and women are vital to our efforts to build a stronger economy by keeping people and commerce moving safely and efficiently in Maryland.”

During the ceremony, which was held at the MDTA Police Headquarters located near the Key Bridge in Baltimore, Off. Paul Pastorek was named the MDTA Police Officer of the Year for 2013.  An Anne Arundel County resident and three-year member of the force, Off. Pastorek received the award for his exceptional work and service while assigned to the MDTA Police detachment at the Port of Baltimore.  He is a well-rounded officer and a leader in criminal and traffic enforcement.

“Maryland citizens have invested billions in essential transportation facilities and we owe it to them not only to maintain and preserve them, but to protect these assets and the people who rely on them every day,” said Deputy Secretary Parran.  “The accomplishments of the MDTA Police in 2013 epitomize the long-standing tradition of service and excellence members display year after year.”

In 2013, MDTA Police officers made more than 400 criminal arrests, arrested more than 1,100 individuals for suspected Driving Under the Influence offenses, issued nearly 170,000 traffic citations and warnings and inspected more than 25,000 commercial vehicles.

“Last year, the men and women of the MDTA Police continued to excel as a police force in carrying out its mission,” said Col. Kundrat. “I am proud of Off. Pastorek and each of the recipients who were honored and recognized for their efforts during last night’s ceremony.”

More than 80 officers and civilians also were honored with Awards of Excellence, Lifesaving Awards, Chief’s Commendations, Distinguished Service Awards and Top DUI enforcement officers, among others. Award recipients were nominated by citizens or fellow employees.

The MDTA Police have played a vital role in the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to enhance homeland security through intelligence and information sharing, Closed Circuit TV deployment, trainings and exercises and the new statewide interoperable radio system, Maryland FiRST. 

A nationally accredited force, the MDTA Police is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian professionals.  MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTA’s highways, bridges and tunnels, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore.

 

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