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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 15, 2018

 

MDTA TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR

I-95 EXPRESS TOLL LANES NORTHBOUND EXTENSION

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is hosting two informational public meetings regarding the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) Northbound Extension. The meetings will be held:

Monday, Feb. 26, 4 - 7 p.m.

Joppa Magnolia Fire Hall

1403 Old Mountain Road South, Joppa, MD 21085

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 4 - 7 p.m.

American Legion Overlea-Perry Hall Post #130

8666 Silver Lake Drive, Perry Hall, MD 21128

Part of Governor Larry Hogan's Traffic Relief Plan announced in December 2017, the project extends the northbound ETL and provides safety and capacity improvements from MD 43 (Whitemarsh Boulevard) and MD 24 (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway). The proposed improvements will increase the quality of life for numerous communities with the addition of four new noise walls and will replace or rehabilitate five bridges that are more than 50 years old. The extension is expected to be open to traffic in December 2022.

At the public meetings, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet the project team
  • Learn about the proposed safety and capacity improvements, including construction of overpass improvements and associated detours at Bradshaw Road and Old Joppa Road
  • Learn about noise wall locations
  • Share ideas and ask questions

We welcome and encourage your thoughts. You can provide input at mdta.maryland.gov/I95ETLNB/home.html, by email at I95ETLNB@mdta.maryland.gov or by U.S. mail to:

 

Maryland Transportation Authority

Attn: William N. Pines, PE

Director of Project Development

Office of Engineering and Construction

8019 Corporate Drive, Suite F

Nottingham, Maryland 21236

 

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Bay Bridge (US 50/301) Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns
Scheduled for the Week of Feb. 11- 17

 

All work will be performed weather permitting. The MDTA urges motorists to drive with caution and obey all traffic-control devices and lane-control signals. Lane closures are subject to change and closure times are dependent on traffic volumes.

TOLL DOLLARS AT WORK

REMINDER: Headlights are required at all times on the bridge.

The eastbound span may be closed Sunday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning for preservation/maintenance work or routine annual inspections. Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span during the full eastbound span closure.

The westbound span may be closed Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, Friday from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following morning for preservation/maintenance work or routine annual inspections. Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closures.

One lane of the westbound span may be closed Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for preservation/maintenance work.

Monday through Friday, one lane will be closed for approximately 15 minutes for contractor pick-up.

FOR 24/7 BAY BRIDGE TRAFFIC INFORMATION
CALL 1-877-BAYSPAN (1-877-229-7726) or visit baybridge.com

Know Before You Go - For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Sign up for email/text alerts at mdta.maryland.gov. Find us at facebook.com/TheMDTA. Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 7, 2018

 

BIG CHANGES COMING TO E-ZPASS MARYLAND CUSTOMER SERVICE

E-ZPass Maryland Launches Mobile Website

Wherever You Go, Accessing Your Account Is Easier Than Ever

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is making big changes to the E-ZPass Maryland customer service experience.  For starters, the MDTA unveiled its new E-ZPass Maryland mobile website that provides customers with easier and more-convenient access to their accounts via ezpassmd.com.  The new mobile website went live today.

“In support of Governor Hogan’s customer-service initiative, the MDTA is thrilled to provide our E-ZPass customers an easier way to access their account,” said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut.  “In addition to the user-friendly mobile website, we have started selling E-ZPass “On the Go” transponders at Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration eStores and sending email alerts to E-ZPass customers when certain account-based activities occur.”

The mobile website allows customers to quickly and easily:

  • Create a username and password to access account simply and securely
  • Keep an account up-to-date
  • Add new or temporary vehicles
  • Replenish an account or update credit card information
  • Update or add an email address and phone number
  • Pay video tolls.

By bookmarking ezpassmd.com from their mobile devices, customers now have access to their accounts at their fingertips.

During the past year, the MDTA has implemented a number of changes geared towards providing our customers with better service:

  • Increased the amount of time before referring customers to the Maryland Central Collection Unit, allowing customers more time to resolve their cases
  • Empowered Service Providers with the ability to resolve problems and issues for customers
  • Increased outreach to large employers
  • Expanded the number of Weis Markets that sell E-ZPass “On the Go” transponders
  • Redesigned the envelope for the Notice of Toll Due and Citations to make them more attention-grabbing, so that customers open them upon receipt. 

Additionally, the MDTA plans to roll-out the following initiatives to communicate with E-ZPass Maryland customers more effectively:

  • Redesign and simplify the Notice of Toll Due
  • Proactively contact individual customers directly when tolls and penalties exceed a certain threshold
  • Implement a video tolling Customer Service Center helpline
  • Connect video toll transactions and license plate numbers with current E-ZPass accounts using driver’s license numbers, so unpaid tolls do not escalate to citations
  • Conduct periodic research to better understand our customer’s needs
  • Create a Customer Bill of Rights that provides a clear understanding of how they should expect to be treated as a MDTA customer
  • Establish a tiered civil-penalty process that realigns charges to associated costs
  • Implement a video tolling education campaign that includes educational videos, mailing inserts, brochures/flyers, electronic message boards, news releases and road signage.

And there’s never been a better time to be an E-ZPass Maryland customer!

  • NO $1.50 E-ZPass monthly account maintenance fee for customers with Maryland addresses or out-of-state addresses with three or more trips through Maryland toll facilities during the previous statement period
  • E-ZPass Maryland customers save 25 percent or more off the two-axle cash rate at most Maryland toll facilities
  • E-ZPass Maryland customers pay lower tolls than the Video Tolling option on the Intercounty Connector (ICC/MD 200) and I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL). Maryland Video Toll Rates are 1.5 times the base toll rates, with a minimum of $1 and a maximum of $15 above base rates
  • Automatic credit card replenishment is available
  • Discount plans are available for commuters (excluding the ICC/MD 200 and I-95 ETLs).

Keep these services at your fingertips by bookmarking ezpassmd.com on your mobile devices.  Stop waiting and start saving with E-ZPass Maryland!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 1, 2018

MDTA DIRECTOR OF STATUTORY PROGRAMS COMPLIANCE HONORED WITH ROSA PARKS DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

BALTIMORE, MD - On Jan. 16, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Director of Statutory Programs Compliance Meshelle Howard was honored by the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Baltimore Chapter with its 2017 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award. The award is given yearly to women who "exhibit extraordinary efforts or initiatives in facilitating professional opportunities for women and minorities."

"What sets Meshelle apart from other individuals is the investment of her personal time to educate, support and coach businesses that are primarily women- and minority-owned," said MDTA Deputy Executive Director Deb Sharpless. "Meshelle has a passion for educating others, and she receives no greater satisfaction than when her teaching, mentoring or guidance has helped an individual or business succeed."

The MDTA Procurement Review Group, chaired by Ms. Howard, is responsible for reviewing the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Small Business Reserve and Veteran Owned Small Business Enterprise goals set for every contract. Meshelle's proactive approach to business development has led the MDTA to achieving a 26.79 percent MBE attainment to date. This makes the MDTA one of the more successful MBE programs in the State.

For nearly 15 years, Meshelle has worked in various capacities in the field of Statutory Programs, and for the past five years, she has served as the MDTA's Statutory Programs Compliance Director. Prior to her State career, Ms. Howard retired from the military at the rank of Staff Sergeant after serving for 21 years. She served in three military campaigns: the Panama Invasion, Desert Shield/Storm and the Somalia Invasion.

Financed solely by toll revenue, the MDTA is the State agency that finances, owns, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities. WTS, founded in 1977, is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 1, 2018

MDTA DIRECTOR OF PROCUREMENT ELECTED PRESIDENT OF MARYLAND PUBLIC PURCHASING ASSOCIATION INC.
 

BALTIMORE, MD – On Jan. 6, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Director of Procurement Donna DiCerbo CPPO, CPPB, of Pasadena MD, was elected president of the Maryland Public Purchasing Association, Inc. (MPPA) for the 2018 term. Previously, Ms. DiCerbo served as the Association’s vice president (2017), director (2015-2017) and as secretary (2008, 2009, 2017). 

“Donna has been a proven leader in the procurement industry and at the MDTA throughout her career,” said MDTA Deputy Executive Director Deb Sharpless. “At the swearing-in ceremony, Donna’s peers and MPAA representatives repeatedly recognized and complimented her talents during my interactions with them.  It was wonderful to hear so many people commend her for her efforts.”

Ms. DiCerbo has worked for the State of Maryland for the past 37 years and joined the MDTA in 2012 as a procurement administrator. That same year, Ms. DiCerbo was promoted to her current position as director of procurement for the MDTA.

Financed solely by toll revenue, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is the State agency that finances, owns, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities. The MPPA is a professional organization comprised of over 300 procurement professionals throughout the State.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 31, 2018

Contact: Lt. Kevin Ayd,

410-537-7724 or kayd@mdta.maryland.gov

 

MDTA POLICE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT FRIDAY NIGHT AT HATEM BRIDGE

 

BALTIMORE, MD - To educate the public and to prevent alcohol-related crashes, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night, Feb. 2, at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) toll plaza in Perryville.

"The MDTA Police will continue to conduct sobriety checkpoints and high-visibility enforcement to increase awareness about the importance of not driving while impaired," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones.

During the checkpoint, the MDTA Police will distribute information about laws and penalties for driving while intoxicated or while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Motorists caught driving while impaired will be arrested and prosecuted.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016, 10,497 fatalities in motor-vehicle crashes involved drunk drivers.

The MDTA Police supports the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) Toward Zero Deaths campaign - a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.

Sobriety Checkpoint

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 31, 2018

 

MDTA TRANSPORTATION DESIGN ENGINEER HONORED WITH WTS BALTIMORE CHAPTER PRESIDENT’S AWARD

BALTIMORE, MD – On Jan. 16, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Transportation Design Engineer and Bowie, MD resident Joyce Rebar was honored by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Baltimore Chapter with its 2017 President’s Award. 

The President’s Award was given to Ms. Rebar for planning the WTS Baltimore Chapter’s 35th Anniversary Gala and serving on the sponsorship sub-committee and the program/entertainment sub-committee. She secured the entertainment and emcee for the gala and served as liaison to both throughout event planning.

In December 2017, Joyce also marked her 10-year anniversary with the MDTA’s Environmental Engineering Unit.

Financed solely by toll revenue, the MDTA is the State agency that finances, owns, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities. WTS, founded in 1977, is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 17, 2018

 

MDTA TO HOST ONLINE PRESENTATION FOR

NEW NICE BRIDGE PROJECT ON JANUARY 18

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is providing an online presentation Thursday, January 18, 2018 about the New Nice Bridge Project announced by Governor Larry Hogan in 2016 that will benefit thousands of residents that use the bridge every day. The new bridge will replace the current Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge over US 301 between Charles County, MD and King George County, VA. Construction will begin in early 2020, and the new bridge will open to traffic in 2023.

Visit newnicebridge.com any time after noon on January 18 to view the presentation. The presentation will provide a summary of the project, including how the MDTA has worked to advance the project beyond the original study phase, the project schedule and what you can expect during construction and after the new bridge opens. This effort kicks off the public comment period, which ends February 20, 2018.

We welcome and encourage your thoughts. You can provide input at newnicebridge.com, by email at info@newnicebridge.com, or by mail to:

Maryland Transportation Authority

Attn: William N. Pines, PE

Director of Project Development

Office of Engineering and Construction

8019 Corporate Drive, Suite F

Nottingham, Maryland 21236

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 21, 2017

 

MAJOR SYSTEM PRESERVATION PROJECTS

COMING TO I-695 & I-895 IN BALTIMORE

Curtis Creek Drawbridge (I-695) 24/7 Lane Closures Begin in January 2018

I-895 Bridge Project 24/7 Lane Closures Begin after Thanksgiving 2018

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announced two major system preservation projects coming in 2018 to the Curtis Creek Drawbridge, located south of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on I-695, and to the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and bridge north of the tunnel on I-895. Today, the MDTA Board approved the $189 million I-895 Bridge Project for construction.

"The I-895 Bridge and Curtis Creek Drawbridge projects are crucial to ensuring the safety of Maryland residents that use them every day," said Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman Pete K. Rahn.

"Our infrastructure is aging, and we ask our customers to be patient as we deliver these long overdue projects," said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. "Impacts from the Curtis Creek Drawbridge Project will be complete before impacts from the I-895 bridge project begin. MDTA's strategic construction schedule will provide alternate routes to avoid the major construction on I-895."

Curtis Creek Drawbridge - One Lane Open Each Direction 24/7 Jan. to Nov. 2018

The $20 million project to rehabilitate the structural, mechanical and electrical components of the Curtis Creek Drawbridge begins this month, with traffic impacts to I-695 starting in January 2018. Two-way traffic will operate 24/7 on this section of I-695. The MDTA will close the Inner Loop I-695 first and operate two-way traffic on the Outer Loop. Once complete, the Outer Loop will close and two-way traffic will operate on the Inner Loop. During this stage, the entrance ramp from northbound MD 10 to the Outer Loop will be closed 24/7. All lanes will be open in November 2018. Detours will be in place and motorists should prepare to use alternative routes. Cianbro Corporation is performing the work.

I-895 Bridge - One Lane Open Each Direction 24/7 Post- Thanksgiving 2018 - 2021

The MDTA will replace the I-895 bridge located north of the Harbor Tunnel. Work also includes replacing the Holabird Avenue exit ramp (Exit 10) and rehabilitating the Harbor Tunnel, including repairs to the tunnel portal, approach ramps and walls, deck, fire suppression system and tiles. The project extends for three miles, starting on the south side of the Harbor Tunnel and moves north to the Boston Street/O'Donnell Street exit ramp (Exit 11).

Stage-one construction on the I-895 project begins in March 2018, with lane widths reduced to 11 feet and work taking place on the shoulders and under the I-895 bridge. Major traffic impacts during stages two and three begin after Thanksgiving 2018 and are expected to last until mid-2021.

During stage two, northbound I-895 will close 24/7, and two-way traffic will operate on southbound I-895. The Holabird Avenue exit ramp will close 24/7 during stage two.

Stage three begins in early 2020, when southbound I-895 will close 24/7 and two-way traffic will operate on northbound I-895. The I-895/Holabird Avenue ramp will reopen to traffic in stage three.

In order to rehabilitate the tunnel and tunnel approach roadway surface, MDTA will close each of the two tunnel bores for 60-days at separate times. The northbound I-895 bore will close for 60 days in spring 2019, and the southbound I-895 bore will close for 60 days in spring 2020. Two-way traffic will operate in the open bore. Some weekends, MDTA will be operating two-way traffic on northbound or southbound I-895 with a full closure of the opposite direction. Off-peak shoulder and/or lane closures on I-895 will occur throughout the project, and some Baltimore City streets and I-95 ramps will be closed intermittently with detours set in place.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2021. Tutor Perini Corporation will be performing the work.

Due to the major traffic impacts and different stages, extensive public outreach will occur. The MDTA will update motorists on changing traffic patterns via traffic advisories, social media and mdta.maryland.gov. The MDTA will deploy an Active Traffic Management System for this project to alert drivers of ongoing traffic conditions.

During this project, motorists should avoid I-895 and use the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) and Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) as alternative routes. Motorists also should pay attention to electronic and static signs for up-to-date 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!!

EDITOR'S NOTE: MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut is available for interviews today from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Maryland Transportation Authority, 2310 Broening Highway, Baltimore MD 21224. Please contact the Division of Communications at 410-537-1017.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 16, 2017

 

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

NOW OPERATIONAL AT MARYLAND HOUSE

AND CHESAPEAKE HOUSE TRAVEL PLAZAS ON I-95

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Today, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and its travel plaza partner Areas USA were joined by Maryland Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary R. Earl Lewis, Jr. in announcing electric vehicle charging stations are now operational at the Maryland House and Chesapeake House travel plazas on I-95 in northeast Maryland.

“With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, this is great news for our customers traveling up and down the I-95 corridor,” said Deputy Secretary Lewis. “The charging stations are free to our customers, and you really can’t beat the convenience. You can grab a bite to eat inside the travel plaza while you’re waiting for your vehicle to charge.”

The Maryland House and Chesapeake House each have four universal charging stations plus one more station in a handicapped-accessible parking space.  The Maryland House has eight Tesla charging stations and the Chesapeake House has ten Tesla charging stations (only for use with Tesla vehicles). 

“The MDTA is proud to support Governor Larry Hogan’s continued commitment to the environment and energy conservation,” said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. “This is a win-win for our customers and for the environment.”

The Tesla charging stations were installed at no cost to the MDTA. The universal charging stations were provided thanks to the Electric Vehicle Institute and a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration. The stations at Maryland’s travel plazas join a growing list of more than 420 Supercharger Stations in North America.

“Since taking office, the Hogan Administration has invested $4 million to expand Maryland’s network of alternative fueling options like the electric vehicle chargers here at Maryland House,” stated Mary Beth Tung, Maryland Energy Administration Director.  “Expanding Maryland's network of electric vehicle chargers benefits our residents, businesses, and visitors, while also reducing our reliance on imported petroleum fuel.” 

The Maryland House Travel Plaza is off I-95 at mile marker 82, between Exit 80 (MD 543) and Exit 85 (MD 22). The Chesapeake House Travel Plaza is off I-95 at mile marker 97, between Exit 93 (MD 222) and Exit 100 (MD 272).