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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 9, 2017

 

MDTA PROJECT MANAGER RETIRES AFTER

40 YEARS OF STATE SERVICE

BALTIMORE, MD – After 40 years of state service, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Project Manager Glen Smith of Baltimore County retired on Friday, June 30.  During the course of his 40-year career, Glen was known for his meticulous and thorough understanding of the numerous projects he oversaw.    

“Glen was an incredibly reliable employee,” said MDTA Director of Planning and Program Development Melissa Williams.  “He was someone you could always count on for a quick quip.  He made our division better during his 11 years with the MDTA.”

Glen began his career with the Maryland Department of Transportation in 1976, when he joined the State Highway Administration.  He started as a drafter and worked his way up to highway design from 1982 to 1992.  In 1992, Glen was promoted to Highway Engineer and was promoted to DOT Engineer V in 1997. 

Glen joined the MDTA in February 2006 and served as an Engineering Transportation Manager for 11 years in the Division of Planning and Program Development.  He played a significant role in managing numerous projects that improved the safety and preservation of Maryland’s toll facilities.  Mr. Smith managed the planning phase of the Nice Bridge Improvement Project, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2020.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 7, 2017

 

NEW MDTA DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT NAMED

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is pleased to announce that Baltimore County resident Melissa Williams has been named the agency’s Director of Planning and Program Development.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to lead my team in new and exciting directions,” said Ms. Williams. “The MDTA will undertake a lot challenging projects in the next several years, and I look forward to being a part of it.”

Ms. Williams has been with the Maryland Department of Transportation family for nearly 20 years.  She began her career at the State Highway Administration in the Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering as an assistant project manager.  In 2002, Ms. Williams joined the MDTA’s Office of Engineering and Construction, where she was its first full-time project planning manager.  

During her 15 years with the MDTA, Ms. Williams has worked on numerous noteworthy projects including the I-95 Master Plan, the I-95 Section 100 and Section 200 studies, the Nice Bridge Improvement Project and the Bay Bridge Tier 1 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study.  She also contributed to the growth of the Division of Planning and Program Development, as one of its original staff members.

Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Environmental Engineering Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with the Miss America Organization and at the Ronald McDonald House.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 4, 2017

 

GOVERNOR HOGAN APPOINTS NEW MEMBER TO

MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY BOARD

BALTIMORE, MD - Governor Larry Hogan has appointed real estate executive Dontae Carroll of White Plains in Charles County to serve as the newest board member at the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA). Mr. Carroll was appointed on July 22 for a four-year term on the MDTA Board.

"I am confident Mr. Carroll's background in sales and operations will be an asset to an already strong and diverse MDTA governing body," said MDTA Chairman and Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

As Long & Foster Real Estate's Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Northern Virginia and West Virginia, Mr. Carroll oversees the company's largest and most profitable region, which produces $10 billion in annual sales and more than 15,000 settled transactions. Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Development, Mid-Atlantic Region, for Century 21 LLC.

Mr. Carroll received his bachelors of business administration degree in marketing from Loyola University Maryland.

"I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to working with MDTA's well-respected organization and talented team," said Mr. Carroll.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 28, 2017

 

SHOREBOUND THIS FOURTH OF JULY?

Holiday Travel Tips For Maryland's Toll Facilities

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BALTIMORE, MD - With the summer travel season underway and the July 4th holiday falling on a Tuesday this year, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) anticipates heavy traffic volumes on the Bay Bridge Thursday, June 29, through Tuesday, July 4.

Weather permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way traffic operations to help alleviate eastbound delays.

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:

· 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 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Saturday - before 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
  • Sunday- before 8 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Monday- before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 4th of July - before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

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

MDTA Police patrols will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at Maryland toll facilities.

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 Tuesday, July 4. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 6, 2017

CONTACT: Lt. Kevin Ayd
410-537-7724

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP
UNSECURED LOAD ENFORCEMENT
#secureyourload

BALTIMORE, Md. - Today, the Maryland Transportation Authority
(MDTA) Police are joining law-enforcement agencies across the country in
the "Secure Your Load" safety campaign." The MDTA Police are
conducting high-visibility enforcement initiatives and educating motorists
about the importance of securing loads.

According to figures from a Government Accountability Office report, 440
deaths, 10,000 injuries and 51,000 incidents are documented each year due
to vehicles traveling on highways with unsecured loads.

The MDTA Police remind motorists to always secure their loads in vehicles
and trailers. A load must be fastened securely and is only considered secure
when nothing can slide, fall or shift onto the roadway or become airborne.
Maryland law requires that all loads be secured. The fine for an unsecured
load is $90.

The MDTA Police ask you to follow the following guidelines:

  • Tie it down with ropes or straps.
  • Tie large objects directly to your vehicle or trailer.
  • Consider covering the entire load with a sturdy tarp or netting.
  • Don't overload your vehicle or trailer.
  • Always double-check to make sure it's secure.
  • Animals must be properly secured.

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


The MDTA Police remind you to Move Over or Slow Down for emergency
vehicles and tow trucks that stopped on a highway and using visual signals.

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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