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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 28, 2015

Contact:         John Sales

                        410-537-1017

BRIDGE DECK OVERLAY & REPAIR PROJECT BEGINS ON BALTIMORE BELTWAY SOUTH OF KEY BRIDGE

Single-Lane Closures During Off-Peak Hours

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $5.5 million bridge deck overlay and repair project for the bridges carrying the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) over Dock Road and CSX Railroad south of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore.  This preservation project, funded completely by toll revenue, is part of theMDTA’s commitment to preserving and maintaining the State’s aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways.

Weather permitting, starting tonight, the I-695 Inner Loop or Outer Loop will be reduced to one lane from Exit 1 (MD 173/Hawkins Point Road) across the Key Bridge to the toll plaza during the following off-peak hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning and Friday at 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday. 

The off-peak single-lane closures will begin on the Inner Loop first, then on the Outer Loop in about two weeks.  Construction activities on the Inner and Outer Loops will occur simultaneously.  All lanes on I-695 will be open during peak hours.  There will be lane shifts, split traffic and narrow lanes during construction.  The MDTA will update motorists on changing traffic patterns via traffic advisories, social media and mdta.maryland.gov.

Lane closures are expected to end in fall 2015, and the project is anticipated to be complete in fall 2016.  G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc., of York, Pa. will remove and resurface the existing bridge decks using latex modified concrete.  Work also includes repairs to the bridge parapets, substructure and slope protection.  A bio-swale will be constructed within the project limits.  Bio-swales are landscaped, linear filters that carry stormwater runoff, provide water quality treatment and decrease flow.

Motorists should pay attention to portable and overhead electronic signs and static signs for up-to-date travel information.  For information on the MDTA’s other facility preservation projects, or to view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visitmdta.maryland.gov.  For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter attwitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA

The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!!

For Immediate Release:

June 30, 2015

Contact:
Erin Montgomery - erin.montgomery@maryland.gov
Shareese Churchill - shareese.churchill@maryland.gov

410-974-2316

 

REMINDER: Governor Hogan's Statewide Toll Rollback Takes Effect Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Toll Rollback Image

Marylanders to Save $2.1 Million in First Week

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Tomorrow, tolls for bridges, tunnels and roadways across the state of Maryland will be lowered for the first time in nearly 50 years as part of Governor Larry Hogan's statewide Toll-Tax Rollback Plan. On May 7, Governor Hogan delivered on his promise to roll back Maryland's high toll rates and put money back into the pockets of hard-working Maryland families and businesses. From the Bay, Hatem and Nice bridges to the Harbor Crossings, the JFK Highway, the Intercounty Connector (ICC), and the new I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL), Governor Hogan's toll rollback, which takes effect tomorrow, will save Maryland citizens $270 million over the next five years. In the first week of July alone, Marylanders should save $2.1 million that they can spend on their 4thof July celebrations and summer vacations.

"We're giving Marylanders another reason to celebrate this July 4th as we decrease toll rates across the state," said Governor Hogan. "I was elected to roll back taxes, tolls and fees and I'm pleased to deliver on this promise by putting more than a quarter billion back into the pockets of hardworking Maryland families."

The following toll reductions and changes are effective Wednesday, July 1, 2015:

  • Eliminate the E-ZPass Maryland monthly $1.50 account fee for Maryland addresses and for out-of-state addresses with three or more trips at Maryland toll facilities in the previous statement period.
  • Reduce all Cash, Video, Commuter and Shoppers' toll rates at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), including a reduction in the two-axle cash rate from $6 to $4 round trip and in the Commuter rate from $2.10 to $1.40.
  • Increase the E-ZPass Maryland discount from 10% to 37.5% at the Bay Bridge - toll drops from $5.40 to $2.50 round trip.
  • Increase the E-ZPass Maryland discount from 10% to 25% for the Baltimore Harbor (I-895) and Fort McHenry (I-95) tunnels, the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) - toll drops from $7.20 to $6 round trip - and for the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) - toll drops from $5.40 to $4.50 round trip.
  • Reduce two-axle toll rates on the ICC/MD200 and I-95 ETL for all pricing periods by $.03 per mile. This change reduces a two-axle, peak period trip from I-270/I-370 to US 1 on the ICC from $4.40 to $3.86 (E-ZPass), and a two-axle, peak period trip on the I-95 ETL from $1.75 to $1.54 (E-ZPass). Other ICC and I-95 ETL toll rates also will be reduced based on standard multipliers per axle.
  • Establish a 30% discount at the Hatem Bridge for three- and four-axle vehicles with E-ZPass Maryland - three-axle toll drops from $16 to $11.20, while four-axle toll drops from $24 to $16.80.
  • Increase E-ZPass Maryland supplemental rebate program for vehicles with five or more axles by 5 percentage points per trip level.

The following change is effective January 1, 2016:

  • For vehicles using the Childs Street and I-695 turnaround exits at the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and Key Bridge respectively,E-ZPass Maryland toll rates will decrease to $2 per axle for three- to six-plus-axle vehicles. For example, three-axle vehicles will see a toll reduction from $8 to $6 and four-axle vehicles from $12 to $8.

To take advantage of the new E-ZPass discounts, motorists are urged to sign up for E-ZPass Maryland at ezpassmd.com. The new discounts increase from 10% to a range of 25% to 37.5%.

For a detailed list of toll reductions statewide, visit mdta.maryland.gov.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 25, 2015

Contact: Cheryl Sparks

410-537-1017

 

I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANE USE ACCELERATES

New Lower Toll Rates Start July 1

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in northeast Baltimore have experienced accelerated growth in traffic with approximately 3.2 million vehicles traveling on the eight-mile section of roadway since opening in December 2014, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), which finances, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities. In May, the average weekday traffic on the I-95 ETL was 24,153 vehicles daily compared to 14,904 vehicles daily in January, a 62% increase.

"More and more motorists are realizing the benefits of using the I-95 ETL," said MDTA Chairman and Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. "Time is valuable and these express toll lanes deliver a reliable commute motorists can count on."

While it was expected that motorists would take the I-95 ETL during peak hours, many motorists also use the lanes during weekends and weekday off-peak hours. The average weekend traffic in May was 24,355 vehicles daily compared to 14,648 in January.

"The I-95 ETL are carrying more daily traffic on the weekends compared to weekdays," said MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner. "With backups eased in the general-purpose lanes during peak periods as well, the I-95 ETL are improving the commute for all Marylanders and providing easier access to businesses along the I-95 corridor."

On July 1, 2015, drivers using the I-95 ETL will begin paying lower tolls as part of Governor Larry Hogan's toll rollback plan. Two-axle toll rates on the I-95 ETL for all pricing periods will be reduced by $.03 per mile. This change reduces a two-axle, peak period trip on the entire I-95 ETL from $1.75 to $1.54 (E-ZPass). Other I-95 ETL toll rates also will be reduced based on standard multipliers per axle.

The I-95 ETL are eight miles (seven tolled) of "through" lanes between White Marsh and Baltimore. The I-95 ETL opened on December 6 and drivers were able to 'test drive' the lanes at no charge through December 12. They were built to improve congestion and traffic safety along this busy stretch of I-95 today and for decades to come. Motorists are able to access the I-95 ETL from I-95, I-895, MD 43 at I-95 and Moravia Road at I-895.

The new lanes are part of a comprehensive I-95 Improvement Project focused on enhancing highway safety along this vital economic corridor. Along with providing two new ETL in each direction, the $1.08 billion project also included reconfiguring three major I-95 interchanges (I-895, I-695 and MD 43). Drivers still may see related construction activities throughout the project limits. 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.

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:

May 19, 2015

 

 

SUMMER 2015 TRAVEL SEASON

KICKS OFF WITH MEMORIAL DAY

More Than 1.8 Million Motorists Anticipated To

Travel Maryland's Toll Facilities

 

 

BALTIMORE, MD - As the unofficial start to summer approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the more than 1.8 million motorists anticipated to travel MDTA roadways this holiday - plan ahead; travel off-peak; and Drive Smart. Arrive Safe. This total represents a 4% increase in traffic counts compared to last year.

MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, May 22, and Monday, May 25:

  • Bay Bridge (US 50/301) - more than 360,500.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) - more than 466,000.
  • Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95, I-395) - more than 479,500.

An additional 572,500 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.

· I-95 Now Has a Shortcut - I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) now open between White Marsh and I-895 in Baltimore.

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 step up seatbelt enforcement during the Click It or Ticket Campaign from May 18 through May 31. 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, May 22, to 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.

I-95 South of Fort McHenry Tunnel: A major rehabilitation project is underway on I-95 in Baltimore City. Expect reduced lane widths, lane shifts and split traffic lanes along I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue (Exit 50). Current traffic patterns and project details are available at i95bmore.com or use #i95bmore on Twitter. 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.

Please be aware of the new lane striping on eastbound US 50 after the Bay Bridge toll plaza. The new line striping will guide drivers from the individual lanes in the toll plaza to the eastbound lanes across the bridge.

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

  • Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
  • 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.
  • Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.
  • 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 or tow truck 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, May 22, 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 26.

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:
May 7, 2015

Governor Hogan Rolls Back Tolls Statewide -
Saving Marylanders $54 Million A Year

$2.50 Bay Bridge Toll Returns For Maryland E-ZPass Users;
$4 For Drivers Paying Cash
Plan Eliminates Monthly Account Fee And Doubles
Discounts For Maryland E-ZPass Holders

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Governor Larry Hogan today delivered on his promise to roll back Maryland's high toll rates and put money back in the pockets of hard-working Maryland families and businesses. From the Bay and Hatem bridges to the Harbor Crossings, the Intercounty Connector (ICC), and the new I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL), Governor Hogan's toll rollback, which takes effect July 1, 2015, will save Maryland citizens $270 million over the next five years.

"We are proud to announce what by far is our largest tax relief package to date and marks the first time tolls have been lowered in Maryland in nearly 50 years," said Governor Hogan. "This tax cut will put more than a quarter billion back into the pockets of our beleaguered Maryland taxpayers, and back into our economy."

Responding to the governor's calls to lower tolls, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board today approved recommendations from MDTA staff to decrease toll rates across the state, increase E-ZPass Maryland discounts, and eliminate the monthly $1.50 E-ZPass account fee.

The following toll reductions and changes are effective July 1, 2015:

  • Eliminate the E-ZPass Maryland monthly $1.50 account fee for Maryland residents.
  • Reduce all Cash, Video, Commuter and Shoppers' toll rates at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), including a reduction in the two-axle cash rate from $6 to $4 round trip and in the Commuter rate from $2.10 to $1.40.
  • Increase the E-ZPass Maryland discount from 10% to 37.5% at the Bay Bridge - toll drops from $5.40 to $2.50 round trip.
  • Increase the E-ZPass Maryland discount from 10% to 25% for the Baltimore Harbor (I-895) and Fort McHenry (I-95) tunnels, the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) - toll drops from $7.20 to $6 round trip - and for the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) - toll drops from $5.40 to $4.50 round trip.
  • Reduce two-axle toll rates on the ICC/MD200 and I-95 ETL for all pricing periods by $.03 per mile. This change reduces a two-axle, peak period trip from I-270/I-370 to US 1 on the ICC from $4.40 to $3.86 (E-ZPass), and a two-axle, peak period trip on the I-95 ETL from $1.75 to $1.54 (E-ZPass). Other ICC and I-95 ETL toll rates also will be reduced based on standard multipliers per axle.
  • Establish a 30% discount at the Hatem Bridge for three- and four-axle vehicles with E-ZPass Maryland - three-axle toll drops from $16 to $11.20, while four-axle toll drops from $24 to $16.80.
  • Increase E-ZPass Maryland supplemental rebate program for vehicles with five or more axles by 5 percentage points per trip level.

The following change is effective January 1, 2016:

  • For vehicles using the Childs Street and I-695 turnaround exits at the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and Key Bridge respectively, toll rates will decrease to $2 per axle for three-to-six-plus-axle vehicles. For example, three-axle vehicles will see a toll reduction from $8 to $6 and four-axle vehicles from $12 to $8.

"I have thoroughly reviewed the toll-reduction plan, and I'm confident the MDTA will continue to maintain its sound financial footing and commitment to safety and quality services," said MDTA Chairman and Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. "A lot of hard work went into the development of this proposal, and I'd like to thank MDTA board members for their careful analysis and approval of this toll-reduction plan."

To take advantage of the new E-ZPass discounts, motorists are urged to sign up for a Maryland E-ZPass. The new discounts increase from 10% to a range of 25% to 37.5%.

"If you turned in your E-ZPass years ago because of the monthly maintenance fee, it's time to come back," said MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner.

The $54 million annual toll reduction is made possible by efficiencies in MDTA's capital and operating budgets that will allow the agency to meet its financial responsibilities and implement the governor's toll rollback. For a detailed list of toll reductions statewide, visit mdta.maryland.gov.

MD Toll Rates Effective July 1, 2015 (PDF Download)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 4, 2015

CONTACT: Cheryl M. Sparks

410-537-1017

 

GOVERNOR HOGAN APPOINTS NEW MEMBER TO

MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY


BALTIMORE, MD - Governor Larry Hogan has appointed W. Lee Gaines, Jr., of Baltimore County to serve as the newest Board Member of the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA). President of Gaines and Company, an underground-utility contractor based in Reisterstown, Md., Mr. Gaines has more than 40 years of experience in the transportation industry with extensive knowledge of financial, procurement and contracting matters.

A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Gaines is a past president and board member of the Associated Utility Contractors of Maryland and a long-time board member of the National Utility Contractors Association. He is a past trustee of the Boys' Latin School of Maryland and of the Gilman School and currently is a trustee of Yorktown University.

"Lee understands what it takes to run a successful business and his background will add to the diverse experience of our board members," said MDTA Chairman and Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

Mr. Gaines was officially sworn in by the clerk of the court in Baltimore County on April 20.

"I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to serving as a governing member of the agency responsible for so many of our States major transportation investments," said Mr. Gaines.

 

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is an independent State agency that finances, owns and operates the State's toll facilities. The MDTAs 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

April 9, 2015

Contact: John Sales

410-537-1017

 

ORIOLES' OPENING DAY TRAVEL INFORMATION

FOR I-95/I-395 IN BALTIMORE CITY

Major Construction On I-95 Between Fort McHenry Tunnel & Caton Avenue;

#i95bmore

 

Motorists may experience higher than normal volumes of traffic on I-95/I-395 in Baltimore City on Friday, April 10, due to the Baltimore Orioles' home opener at 3:10 p.m. The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has major roadwork on I-95 south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel that may affect your game-day travel.

Currently, all northbound I-95 traffic lanes shift to the right between Caton Avenue (Exit 50) and Russell Street (Exit 52). Continuing on northbound I-95, traffic lanes 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.
  • Delays anticipated on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore City - use Key Highway to access northbound I-95 instead.

Currently, southbound I-95 traffic lanes 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.

Consider public transportation to get Downtown. Motorists traveling thru Baltimore City should use I-695/Key Bridge or I-895/Harbor Tunnel. Use alternate routes entering and exiting Baltimore City. Work-zone speed limits are reduced to 50 mph on I-95.

For additional project information including maps of alternate routes, 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/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 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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