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January 17, 2018




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 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, by email at, 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



Dec. 21, 2017




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 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 For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at Find us on Facebook at 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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Nov. 16, 2017






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).




Nov. 16, 2017



Use I-95 Express Toll Lanes for reliable travel time


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, Nov. 22, is expected to be the heaviest travel day, with many travelers also expected to hit the roads Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The MDTA anticipates a 1.5% increase in traffic volumes compared to last year's Thanksgiving holiday period. Between Tuesday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 26, the MDTA expects more than 2.2 million travelers on its highways, bridges and tunnels:

  • Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) - more than 915,000 vehicles.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) - nearly 800,000 vehicles.
  • William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) - more than 530,000 vehicles.
  • 1.15 million 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.

IT CAN WAIT. Designated safe zones for texts and calls include the Maryland and Chesapeake House travel plazas on I-95 and other rest areas across the State.

Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest: The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity.

The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles during the holiday weekend. In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, to 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.

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 Thursday, Nov. 23. Visit or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at



Nov. 9, 2017




Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton & Family Honored Today During Ceremony


HAVRE DE GRACE, MD - Today, the Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) joined elected officials, American Legion representatives, family members and others to dedicate the MD 22 bridge over I-95 to Civil War veteran Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton, Harford County's only Medal of Honor recipient.

"In a time when sacrifices are often forgotten, I am humbled by the opportunity to stand here today to honor a true American hero," said Maryland Transportation Deputy Secretary James F. Ports, Jr. "His charge into battle and the sacrifice that he made will be forever memorialized for all to see."

The dedication was held at Alfred B. Hilton Park in Havre de Grace, a site near where Sgt. Hilton lived on his father's farm. He was born in Harford County in 1842.

"Sgt. Hilton's story is a fascinating and shining example of Maryland's finest," said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. "What an honor it is to share his legacy and his story of bravery."

Sgt. Hilton enlisted in the U.S. Army during the American Civil War at 21-years old. He was assigned to Company H, 4th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops and was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously after succumbing to injuries sustained at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm outside of Richmond, Va.

On September 29, 1864, Sgt. Hilton was a member of his unit's color guard carrying the American Flag into battle. When the regimental color bearer was wounded, he carried the regimental colors as well. Sgt. Hilton carried both flags until he was severely wounded. He is buried in Hampton, Va.

Sgt. Hilton is one of 16 African American Union Army soldiers who received the Medal of Honor for their service in the Civil War. The posthumous citation for his Medal of Honor reads: "When the regimental color fell, this soldier seized the color and carried it forward, together with the national standard until disabled at the enemy's inner line.



November 7, 2017




BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is hosting an online meeting about the Chesapeake Bay Tier I NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Crossing Study on Wednesday evening, November 15, between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the study is to identify the location of a new crossing and to explore potential financial options. The study is expected to be completed in late 2020.

The online meeting will include a presentation with an overview of the project, study area and proposed schedule. The MDTA is seeking public input on the project scope, purpose and need.

To join the online meeting on November 15 or to provide comment, individuals with Internet access may visit They also may provide comment by email directly at The presentation will remain on the website following the meeting for anyone to view at their convenience.

Individuals without Internet access may view the presentation at one of the following locations beginning at 7 p.m. on November 15. MDTA staff will be present to facilitate the meeting and to receive written comments.

  • Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department

450 Solomons Island Rd. S., Prince Frederick, MD 20678

  • Baltimore County Library, Essex Branch

1110 Eastern Blvd., Essex, MD 21221

  • Queen Anne's County Board of Education

202 Chesterfield Ave., Centreville, MD 21617

  • Eastern Shore Hospital Center

5262 Woods Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613

  • Kent County Community Center

11041 Worton Rd., Worton, MD 21678

  • Broadneck High School

1265 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis, MD 21409

Locations will be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Individuals who require auxiliary aids should contact the MDTA at 410-537-1000 (711 for MD Relay) by November 12.

Public input and comments are important to the MDTA and will be taken into consideration as the study develops. The initial comment period ends December 15, 2017. The MDTA will provide additional opportunities for public input throughout the study. For more information, call 410-537-1000.



MDOT MVA Adds E-ZPass Maryland to Online, Kiosk Service Offerings

Customers Prompted to Register After Completing Online Transactions


GLEN BURNIE, MD (October 18, 2017) - The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) have joined forces to expand online services, providing customers with the ability to purchase an E-ZPass Maryland "On the Go" electronic-toll-collection transponder online through MDOT MVA.

"As part of Governor Hogan's customer service promise, our goal is to continually look for ways to make government resources and services as convenient as possible for our customers," said Maryland Secretary of Transportation and MDTA Chairman Pete K. Rahn.

Customers using the MDOT MVA's online service to complete vehicle-related transactions - such as obtaining a duplicate title or registration, ordering a new license plate, renewing a registration, and requesting a VEIP extension, among others - will be offered the opportunity to add an E-ZPass Maryland "On the Go" transponder, which is only available for two-axle vehicles. Customers also may obtain a device directly from the MDOT MVA online store, online at, via an "On the Go" retail location, at an E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Center, or at an MDTA outreach event.

"The MDTA strives to provide excellent customer service," said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. "Teaming up with MDOT MVA gives us even more ways to reach potential E-ZPass Maryland customers effectively and conveniently and provide them with great options to save time and money at our toll facilities. It's a win-win."

MDOT MVA offers many additional online services, including renewing a driver's license or identification card, requesting a copy of a driving record, replacement plates and stickers, and changing an address. In fiscal year 2017, MDOT MVA processed more than 5.3 million online transactions, including more than 3.7 million vehicle-related transactions.

"We hope our customers will appreciate the convenience and efficiency of purchasing an E-ZPass through our website or at one of our kiosks at our branch offices," said MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer. "We continue to look for innovative ways to offer other government services to our customers and deliver a premier customer service experience."

For more information about MDOT MVA's online services, visit or

For more information about E-ZPass Maryland, visit



Oct. 13, 2017




BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will host a Job Fair and Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.  The event will provide a unique opportunity for job-seekers to meet with employees who work in various fields and have insight into what the MDTA does daily to serve Maryland’s citizens and visitors. 

MDTA Job Fair and Open House

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fort McHenry Tunnel Maintenance Building

4000 Leland Avenue

Baltimore MD 21224.

Those attending may complete job applications and participate in on-site interviews for the Facility Maintenance Technician position.  Government-issued identification is required for an on-site interview.  Walk-ins are welcome.

The MDTA also is looking to hire individuals for the following positions:

  • Emergency Dispatcher;
  • Emergency Recovery Technician;
  • Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician;
  • Intelligent Transportation System Technician (electronics);
  • MDTA Police Cadet;
  • MDTA Police Recruit; and
  • Skilled Trade Specialist.

The MDTA is truly a bridge to opportunity, and its employees are excited to display all that it has to offer!


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Sept. 13, 2017





BALTIMORE, MD – On Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will conduct its 20th “Getting Your Foot in the Door” quarterly outreach event.  Geared toward small, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses, this event is designed to assist companies with how to do business with both Federal and State government. 

“Getting Your Foot in the Door”

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

9 a.m. to Noon

MDTA Police Headquarters

4330 Broening Highway

Baltimore, MD 21222

At the last event in June, the MDTA showcased two businesses for their excellent job on achieving the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) goal and MBE performance on the Deck Rehabilitation and Joint Modification of Bridges on I-95 South of the Fort McHenry Tunnel Project.  This project was completed in 2016 with a successful 26 percent MBE goal achievement. 

During each event, staff provides information about procurement opportunities available at the MDTA, other Transportation Business Units and the State of Maryland.

The Sept. 16th event will focus on the various “secrets to success” when doing business with the State of Maryland, including how to navigate the eMaryland Marketplace website.  The Department of General Services will be on-hand to present this important information.

The event is FREE and light refreshments will be provided.  Space is limited so if you're interested, please sign up today by contacting the MDTA Outreach office at 410-537-5697 or

Please note that this is the last outreach event of the year.  The next event will be held in March 2018. 

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Sept. 6, 2017





Donate non-perishable food items at

E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers through Sept. 30


BALTIMORE, MD - Join the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) in donating your time and resources to feed the hungry. MDTA employees are collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items at

E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers for the Maryland Food Bank during its Operation Orange Canned Food Drive.

"We are proud to be involved with this meaningful campaign to help bring attention to a growing crisis in our state," said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. "As an independent public-service agency, the MDTA welcomes the opportunity to be part of Operation Orange, which unites Marylanders with the common purpose of helping our neighbors in need."

Through Sept. 30, employees will collect non-perishable items at E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers during regular business hours. Please visit for Customer Service Center locations and hours. You also may bring your donations to the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 facility at 13201 Konterra Drive in Laurel from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The items most needed are: canned meat, ham, tuna and chicken; peanut butter; nuts and seeds; canned or dried beans; oatmeal; breakfast cereal; rice; pasta; canned or dried fruits; canned vegetables; canned soup; evaporated milk; powdered milk; and infant formula.

Customers also may use the Maryland Food Bank's virtual food drive to donate online at Virtual food drives are accessible through Sept. 30.