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Date: Jul 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 31, 2012

Contact:          Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem 
                       
410-537-1017

New Lane Configuration at the Hatem Bridge
Sales of AVI Decals End Aug. 31

BALTIMORE, MD - Beginning in early August, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) will change Lane 4 at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) toll plaza from "Decal Only" to "E-ZPass Only". 

Approaching the toll plaza, Lanes 1 and 2 to the right accept cash, E-ZPass and AVI Decals.  Lane 3 accepts E-ZPass only and Lane 4 will be changed to E-ZPass only.  Lane 5 to the left currently accepts Decals only.

The new lane configuration coincides with growing E-ZPass use at the bridge and the Sept. 30 deadline for the AVI Decal conversion to E-ZPass.  AVI Decals will no longer be sold after Aug. 31.

As the September conversion to E-ZPass deadline approaches, area E-ZPass Stop-in Centers will become extremely busy.  The best way to avoid long lines is to sign up on-line at ezpassmd.com.  Existing Maryland E-ZPass account holders may call the Customer Service Center at 1-888-321-6824 to add the Hatem Bridge Choice B Plan to their accounts. 

Throughout the summer, MDTA continues to participate in community events and visit local employers to sign up customers for E-ZPass.  Visit mdta.maryland.gov for upcoming events and consider opening your E-ZPass account at one of these locations.  Please bring your vehicle license plate numbers(s) and cash, check or a credit card.

The JFK I-95 E-ZPass Stop-in Center, located off MD 222 at One Turnpike Drive, operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through September.  Customers may also sign up for the Hatem Bridge plans at MDTA's other E-ZPass Stop-in Centers near Maryland toll facilities.

Don't Delay.  Get Your E-ZPass Today!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2012

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

**REVISED** BRIDGE CLEANING & PAINTING PROJECTS BEGIN
ON 
I-95, I-895 & I-695
Minimal traffic impacts expected

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces the start of three bridge preservation projects on Interstates 95, 895 and 695.  These projects, funded completely by toll revenue, are part of the MDTAs commitment to preserving and maintaining the States aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways.

Throughout the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) in Baltimore, Cecil and Harford counties, a 1.5 year, $6 million project begins to clean and paint the structural steel on 11 overpass bridges.  Saffo Contractors, Inc., of Wilmington, N.C. is performing the work.

A 1.5 year, $6.4 million project to clean and paint the structural steel on 11 overpass and ramp bridges along the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway (I-895) in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties is being performed by Manolis Painting Co. of Timonium, Md.

North of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, Reglas Painting Company, Inc., of Baltimore is cleaning and painting the I-695 INNER LOOP (eastbound) bridge over Bear Creek in Baltimore County as part of a 1.5 year, $4 million project. 

Off-peak lane and/or shoulder closures may be needed for each project.  Previous work on these structures included miscellaneous repairs to the bridges steel and concrete.  The John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway, Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway and Francis Scott Key Bridge and their approach roadways and ramps were opened in 1963, 1957 and 1977 respectively. 

Other preservation projects expected to begin this summer include a bridge deck resurfacing project for the Quarantine Road bridge over I-695, a resurfacing project on northbound and southbound I-95 from Joppa Road to the Winters Run bridge, a bridge deck sealing project for nine overpasses on I-95 in Harford and Cecil counties, and a fatigue retrofit project for the Curtis Creek Drawbridge approach spans on I-695.

Portable and overhead electronic message signs will display closure and/or detour information.  For information on the MDTAs other facility preservation projects, or to view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  You can also follow TheMDTA on Twitter.  For statewide travel conditions, visit MD511.ORG or call 511.  The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!