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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 23, 2017

 

SUMMER 2017 TRAVEL SEASON

KICKS OFF WITH MEMORIAL DAY

Nearly 1.9 Million Motorists Anticipated To Travel Maryland's Toll Facilities

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BALTIMORE, MD - As the unofficial start to summer approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the nearly 1.9 million motorists anticipated to travel MDTA roadways this holiday to plan ahead, travel off-peak and put safety first. This total represents a 2.5% increase in traffic counts compared to last year.

MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, May 26, and Monday, May 29:

  • Bay Bridge (US 50/301) - more than 356,000.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) - more than 476,000.
  • Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) - more than 474,000.

An additional 593,000 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 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/Friday - before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Saturday - before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  • Sunday/Monday - before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

· Avoid the Flock!

  • 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 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions. Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
  • Get there faster with E-ZPass! Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass "On the Go" retail locations.
  • Need to rest or fuel up? Stop by the Maryland or Chesapeake House travel plazas along I-95 in northeast Maryland.
  • Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 and I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in Baltimore during your holiday travels. Visit mdta.maryland.gov for toll rates.

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 through June 4. Additional MDTA Police patrols will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at Maryland toll facilities throughout the holiday weekend. Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles during the holiday weekend. In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Friday, May 26, to 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.

Construction Reminders:

  • I-95 improvement project north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel is underway. Current traffic pattern features no left shoulder and only a small right shoulder on northbound I-95. All lanes are open in both directions.
  • I-895 Patapsco River Flats bridge deck and superstructure replacement continues. Current traffic pattern features two-way traffic (one adjacent lane in each direction) 24/7 on I-895 across the Patapsco Flats bridge near Baltimore/Washington Parkway. Motorists should consider I-95 as an alternate route.

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

· Devote your full attention to driving - it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.

· Buckle Up! Every Seat. Every Time.

· 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.

· Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.

· Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.

· Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.

· Keep your eyes on the road - do not sight-see.

· Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.

· 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 location of the emergency;
  • A call-back telephone number; and
  • Details of the incident/disabled vehicle or other circumstances.

The E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers will be closed on Monday, May 29. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.

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

The MDTA thanks motorists for partnering with us. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 19, 2017

 

SPEED CAMERA ENFORCEMENT BEGINS ON I-95 NORTH OF FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL

Speed limit within work zone reduced from 55 mph to 50 mph

BALTIMORE, MD - In coordination with the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration and Maryland State Police (MSP) Maryland SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and MDTA Police will deploy ASE equipment for construction activities north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

Beginning Monday, May 22, ASE equipment will be deployed on northbound and southbound I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Moravia Road. This equipment will be used to slow drivers in the work zone currently in place on this stretch of I-95. Advance warning signs are in place prior to the work zone to alert drivers of automated speed enforcement use and a "speed trailer" will be on-site to display drivers' speeds.

After a 21-day warning period, MSP will authorize citations starting Monday, June 12. By law, if a vehicle is recorded traveling 12 or more miles over the posted speed limit (the posted speed is 50 mph at this location), a $40 fine will be issued to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Maryland SafeZones' goal is to slow drivers and make work zones safer environments for work crews, drivers and passengers. Even when workers are not present, work zones can be dangerous due to uneven pavement, lane shifts, reduced shoulders and other modifications. For more information on the program, visit safezones.maryland.gov.

The current work is part of the MDTA's $49.4 million project to reconfigure travel lanes on a four-mile stretch of I-95 north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Once complete, the project will provide four continuous lanes on I-95 between the Tunnel and Moravia Road. The entire project is expected to be complete in summer 2018.

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.

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
May 5, 2017

Contact: Kerry Brandt
410-537-1017

TRAINING EXERCISE TO BE HELD
ON BAY BRIDGE NEXT WEEK

 

WHAT: An emergency response training exercise will be held on the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) in the left lane of the westbound span (this lane was already on the lane-closure schedule for this week).

Motorists will see emergency equipment on the bridge with lights engaged. Please use caution when traveling the westbound span.

WHEN: Weather permitting, Monday, May 8, through Thursday, May 11, from approximately 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

WHY: Emergency response personnel will be conducting a training exercise.

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.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 5, 2017

 

Contact: Lt. Kevin Ayd

410-537-7724

 

GOVERNOR HOGAN TO ADDRESS MARYLAND'S NEWEST POLICE OFFICERS

WHAT: Tomorrow night, Governor Larry Hogan will join members of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police for its 49th Recruit Class Graduation Exercises. Sixteen Recruit Candidates will graduate following a rigorous 32-week academic and physical training program. Seven newly graduated MDTA officers will be assigned to police detachments at Maryland's toll facilities, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore. The graduating class also includes seven members of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Police and two members of the Greenbelt, Md. Police Department.

 

WHO: Governor Larry Hogan Pete K. Rahn, Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation and Chairman, MDTA Col. Woodrow W. Jones, MDTA, Chief of Police Col. John E. Gavrilis, MTA, Chief of Police Major Thomas Kemp, Acting Chief, Greenbelt Police

 

WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

 

WHERE: Dundalk/Sollers Point High School, 1901 Delvale Ave., Dundalk, MD 21222

 

Members of the media who plan to cover the event should contact Lt. Kevin Ayd, MDTA Police Public Information Officer, at 410-537-7724.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 31, 2017 

 

I-95 IMPROVEMENT PROJECT TO ADD CAPACITY NORTH OF THE TUNNEL

Project will increase roadway to four lanes;

Minimal impact to traffic

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) today announces a $49.4 million project to reconfigure travel lanes on a four-mile stretch of I-95 north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.  Once complete, the project will provide four continuous lanes on I-95 between the Tunnel and Moravia Road.  The current roadway has three lanes with merge lanes in several sections.  Funded completely by toll revenue, this safety and capacity project will increase reliability of travel times on this section of I-95.

“This project will reduce the commute time for the 123,000 motorists that use it every day,” said Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman Pete K. Rahn.

Weather-permitting, the contractor will begin restriping along northbound I-95 on Sunday, April 2.  This work involves reconfiguring the lanes on the existing roadway surface.  Work will begin on southbound I-95 at a later date.  The work will be done overnight during bore closures at the Fort McHenry Tunnel and will take 10 to 12 nights to complete, weather-permitting.  The contractor will remove the existing roadway striping and install new striping on northbound I-95, starting in the far right lane and moving across the road to the left.  Once the restriping is complete, traffic will be fully shifted to the right.  During this first traffic shift, there will be no left shoulder and only a small right shoulder.

Here are the areas on I-95 that will be converted from three lanes and merge lanes to four continuous lanes:

Northbound I-95

  • From Exit 57 (Boston Street) to the entrance ramp from O'Donnell Street.
  • From Exit 60 (Moravia Road) to where the I-95 Express Toll Lanes begin.

Southbound I-95

  • From Exit 57 (Boston Street) to entrance ramp from Interstate Avenue.

The speed limit within the work zone will be reduced from 55 mph to 50 mph during the project.  Additionally, automated speed enforcement (ASE) will be in place after the first traffic shift on northbound I-95.  The MDTA will issue a traffic advisory announcing the start date for ASE.

The entire project is expected to be complete in summer 2018.  Concrete General of Gaithersburg will restripe I-95, reconstruct at-grade shoulders, replace at-grade median concrete traffic barriers and reconstruct portions of the existing bridge decks and all concrete bridge parapets. 

The MDTA will update motorists on changing traffic patterns via traffic advisories, social media and its website.  Motorists should pay attention to electronic and static signs for current travel information.  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

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, 2017

 

CONTACT:  Lt. Kevin Ayd

                       410-537-7724

                                              

  PURSUIT OF STOLEN VEHICLE ENDS IN FATAL CRASH

 

BALTIMORE, MD – On March 19, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police attempted to stop a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado that was reported stolen on March 17, 2017, by the Laconia, N.H., Police Department.

 

An officer attempted to conduct the traffic stop on I-95 in Baltimore just north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel. The vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit ensued on northbound I-95 through Harford and Cecil counties.  The pursuit ended when the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed at Exit 109 (MD 272). The driver of the Chevrolet, Stephen K. Reinholz, a 28-year-old male from Laconia, N.H., and passenger Kaili M. Pierce, a 28-year-old female from Concord, N.H., both were pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

Troopers from Maryland State Police John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway Barrack assisted MDTA officers in the pursuit.  No officers or troopers were injured during the pursuit.  The investigation continues and is being handled by the MDTA Police.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2017

 

CONTACT: Lt. Kevin Ayd
410-537-7724

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP
IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT
ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY
NOTHING LUCKY ABOUT JAIL
#makeaplan

BALTIMORE, MD - On March 17, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will be out on the roadways enforcing impaired, distracted and aggressive driving laws during the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

"We want you to enjoy yourself this St. Patrick's Day, but be responsible and make a plan for a sober ride home," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Jerry Jones.

Motorists should be reminded that "Buzz Driving is Drunk Driving." According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2011 - 2015, 252 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick's Day.

In addition, the MDTA Police want to remind motorists to make a plan prior to going out for St. Patrick's Day.

1. Choose a designated driver.

2. Call a taxi or ride-share service.

3. Take public transportation.

 

The MDTA Police are committed to reducing traffic crashes that result in serious injuries and deaths on our roadways.

The MDTA Police supports the "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign - a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland's roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 23, 2017

  

MDTA HONORED WITH AWARDS FOR SYSTEM PRESERVATION PROJECTS

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 1, 2017

 

SPEEDING STOPS HERE

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

MOVE OVER for Emergency Responders

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 16, 2016

 

I-95 ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS STUDY VIRTUAL MEETING ONLINE

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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