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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 17, 2014

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks

                        410-537-1017

NEW I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANES TO OPEN DEC. 6
Test Drive The ETL At No Charge Through Dec. 12;
I-95 Improvements Enhance Highway Safety Along Congested Corridor

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) today announced that it will open the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in northeast Baltimore by 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, weather permitting.  Drivers will be able to ‘test drive’ the I-95 ETL, located between I-895 and just north of MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard), 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. 

“The I-95 Express Toll Lanes were built to improve travel and traffic safety today, and are designed to handle growing traffic volumes along this busy stretch of I-95 for decades to come,” class="A1"said MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner.  “The I-95 ETL will provide motorists with a convenient choice for reliable travel.”

In its first full year of operation, the JFK Highway/I-95 carried an estimated 30,000 vehicles per day in 1964.  Currently, approximately 177,000 vehicles travel this section of I-95 each weekday, with traffic projected to increase to nearly 200,000 vehicles per weekday by 2025.  Motorists are most likely to use the I-95 ETL during rush hours, holidays and major traffic incidents.  The new lanes are part of a comprehensive I-95 Improvement Project focused on enhancing highway safety along this vital economic corridor.

The $1.08 billion I-95 Improvement Project includes two new ETL in each direction of I-95, adjacent to the existing four general-purpose (non-tolled) lanes, as well as
$756 million in significant highway and safety enhancements.  These upgrades included:

  • Reconfigured three major I-95 interchanges (I-895, I-695 and MD 43) to improve traffic operations and enhance safety;
  • Eliminated left-hand exits from the general-purpose lanes at the I-695 interchange;
  • Modified the traffic pattern on southbound I-95 at I-895, giving priority movement to the majority of motorists who continue along I-95; and
  • Replaced two structurally deficient bridges at MD 43.

Note: Even though the I-95 ETL will open to traffic on Dec. 6, drivers will still see related construction activities throughout the project limits.

Like the Intercounty Connector/MD 200, there will be 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 after the test-drive period.

 

E-ZPass Toll Rates*:

Pricing
Period

2-axle/
Motorcycle
3-axle4-axle5-axle6-axle+
Peak:$1.75$5.25$7.91$10.50$13.16
Off-Peak:$1.40$4.20$6.30$8.40$10.50
Overnight:$0.70$2.10$3.15$4.20$5.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Toll Rates*:

Pricing
Period

2-axle/
Motorcycle
3-axle4-axle5-axle6-axle+
Peak:$2.75$7.88$11.87$15.75$19.74
Off-Peak:$2.40$6.30$9.45$12.60$15.75
Overnight:$1.70$3.15$4.73$6.30$7.88

 

 

 

 

 


*holiday rates differ; visit mdta.maryland.gov

 

Pricing Periods:

SOUTHBOUND  
?Peak:  

 

Mon-Fri6 am - 9 am
 Sat12 pm - 2 pm
 Sun2 pm - 5 pm
Off-Peak:  
 Mon-Fri5 am - 6 am / 9 am - 9 pm
 Sat5 am - 12 pm / 2 pm - 9 pm
 Sun5 am - 2 pm / 5 pm - 9 pm  
Overnight:  
 Mon-Sun9 pm-5 am
NORTHBOUND  
?Peak:  

 

Mon-Fri3 pm - 7 pm
 Sat12 pm - 2 pm
 Sun2 pm - 5 pm
Off-Peak:  
 Mon-Fri5 am - 3 pm / 7 pm - 9 pm
 Sat5 am - 12 pm / 2 pm - 9 pm
 Sun5 am - 2 pm / 5 pm - 9 pm  
Overnight:  
 Mon-Sun9 pm-5 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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.

MDTA Executive Director Gartner set the I-95 ETL holiday rates for the remainder of 2014, which are available at mdta.maryland.gov.

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.  For a map and simulation video of the I-95 Improvement Project with ETL, including where motorists can enter and exit the ETL, visit mdta.maryland.gov. In addition, the Maryland Transit Administration has two express bus service routes out of White Marsh and three commuter bus routes that will benefit from using the new I-95 ETL.

To sign up for E-ZPass, 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.

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.

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