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Date: Sep 2012

Sept. 28, 2012

Contact:       John Sales
                 
410-537-1017

OVERNIGHT CLOSURE OF RAMP FROM WESTBOUND MD 43 TO NORTHBOUND I-95 
Ramp closure part of I-95 Express Toll LanesSM Project

WHAT: Weather-permitting, the ramp from westbound MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) to northbound I-95 will be temporarily closed for night work.  Traffic will be detoured to southbound I-95, to eastbound MD 43 (Exit 67A, White Marsh Boulevard), to northbound I-95.

WHEN:  The closure will occur on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

WHY: The work is part of the reconstruction of the I-95/MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) interchange for the Maryland Transportation Authoritys (MDTA) I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETLsSM) Project.

The I-95 ETLs Project is expected to be complete in 2014.  For more information, visit .

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit www.dta.maryland.gov.  Know Before You Go! Call 511 or visit www.MD511.org for statewide travel information.  The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 25, 2012

MARYLAND STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION AND MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY EARN SIX NATIONAL AWARDS FOR INTERCOUNTY CONNECTOR PROJECT
ICC Has Now Garnered 16 Major National Awards in Past Two Years

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), the Intercounty Connector (ICC) project team, and several ICC contractors recently earned six additional national awards for innovative design, environmental sensitivity, exceptional craftsmanship, and commitment to safety.

With the addition of these six new honors, the ICC project has now garnered a total of 16 major national awards since the first segment of the roadway opened to traffic in February 2011.

Most recently, Engineering News Record (ENR) magazine selected Contract B of the ICC (from MD 97 to US 29) as the 2012 Best Transportation Project as part of the 2012 'Best Projects' competition in the Mid-Atlantic region. An independent jury focused on projects “that overcame significant challenges, adopted innovative approaches, executed exceptional design and craftsmanship, and maintained safe sites,” ENR said in its public announcement of the awards.

Additionally, Contract C of the ICC (from US 29 to I-95) earned ENR’s ‘Award of Merit’ in the same 2012 Best Projects competition for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Both segments will be honored in a special Mid-Atlantic edition of ENR magazine in December.

“These awards are a testament to the hundreds of people that work tirelessly to deliver the award-winning ICC,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “It is only through teamwork, collaboration and dedication that a mega-project like the ICC not only gets built, but is built to the highest environmental standards and practices, on time, and within budget.”

Contract B was a collaborative effort by SHA, the ICC Project Team, and the contractor for the seven-mile segment of roadway, MD 200 Constructors.  MD 200 Constructors is a joint venture of Kiewit Southern Co., G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc., and Corman Construction, Inc.  The team is supported by the design firm Parsons Transportation Group Inc.

Contract C was a collaborative effort by SHA, the ICC Project Team, and the contractor for the nearly four-mile section of highway, ICC Constructors (IC3).  Principal partners of IC3 include Shirley Contracting Company, Clark Construction Group, Atkinson Construction Company, Facchina Construction Company, Inc., and Trumbull Corporation. The lead design firm for the IC3 team is Dewberry & Davis.

ICC Earns Awards from ABC and FHWA

Also last week, ICC Constructors (IC3) received a 2012 Excellence in Construction Award for Contract C from the Metropolitan Washington and Virginia Chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) selected the ICC for the 2012 Exemplary Environment Initiatives for its innovative wildlife passages.  In announcing the award, FHWA officials said, “Your (SHA’s) receipt of this award demonstrates your commitment to environmental stewardship and ecosystem-based approaches.”

The completed 18-mile section of the ICC roadway includes numerous large and small wildlife passages to help ensure both large and small mammals are able to safely move within their natural habitat without inadvertently wandering onto the highway.

ICC Also Recognized by AASHTO and DBIA.

Earlier this month, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) named the ICC a Top 10 Finalist as part of that organization’s 2012 America's Transportation Awards competition.

The Top 10 finalists received the highest number of overall points during four regional contests, representing each part of the country. A total of 49 projects from 34 states were judged in three categories: "Ahead of Schedule," "Under Budget," and "Best Use of Innovation." The 10 projects are now competing for the America's Transportation Awards' Grand Prize, to be selected by a panel of judges, and the People's Choice Award, which will be decided by popular vote of the general public.

Public on-line voting will continue through Friday, October 19 at the following web site link: www.AmericasTransportationAward.org.  Individuals are welcome to vote up to 10 times per day for their favorite projects. The winners of both the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award will be awarded with $10,000 each, which will be donated by those state DOTs to a charity or scholarship of their choice.

Last month, SHA and the ICC project team earned a Design-Build National Award from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).  This prestigious award recognized SHA's use of the innovative design-build approach for constructing the ICC.

Contract A of the ICC (from I-370 to MD 97/Georgia Avenue) opened to traffic in February 2011.  Contracts B and C opened to traffic in November 2011. Work is currently underway on the final segment of the roadway, known as Contract D/E, which will extend the ICC from I-95 to US 1, including a partial interchange at Virginia Manor Road.  Contract D/E also includes collector-distributor lanes along northbound and southbound I-95 between the ICC alignment and MD 198.

List of Major ICC Awards Received by the SHA and its Partners in 2011 and 2012:

  • Engineering News Record (ENR) -  2012 Best Transportation Project (for Contract B) and Award of Merit (for Contract C)
  • Metropolitan Washington and Virginia Chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) - Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Construction for Contract C of the ICC
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) - 2012 Exemplary Environment Initiatives Award
  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) - 2012 America's Transportation Awards “Top 10” Finalist
  • Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) - Design-Build National Award
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) - First Place and Second Place 2012 Globe Awards
  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) - 2011 President's Award
  • Engineering News Record (ENR) – Mid-Atlantic Region's Best Transportation Project for 2011
  • Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) - 2011 Award of Excellence
  • WTS Baltimore Chapter - 2011 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award
  • Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance (SMTA) - 2011 Transportation Hero Award
  • Roads & Bridges Magazine - 2011 Top 10 Road
  • Maryland Asphalt Association's - 2011 Quality Pavement Award for New Construction
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) - 2011 Award for Exceptional Environmental Stewardship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 20, 2012

Contact:          John Sales
                       
410-537-1017

REMINDER FOR HATEM BRIDGE MOTORISTs:
AVI DECALS EXPIRE SEPT. 30

BALTIMORE, MD  The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists that Sept. 30 is the last day AVI Decals will be accepted at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) toll plaza.  Drivers can replace their AVI decal with an E-ZPass Maryland Hatem Bridge Plan at the same cost  $10 per year for unlimited trips ($20 per year starting July 1, 2013).

As the September conversion to E-ZPass deadline approaches, area E-ZPass Stop-in Centers are becoming 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. 

Through September, the JFK I-95 E-ZPass Stop-in Center, located off MD 222 at One Turnpike Drive near I-95, operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.  Please bring your vehicle license plate numbers(s) and cash, check or a credit card.  Customers may also sign up for the Hatem Bridge plans at MDTAs other E-ZPass Stop-in Centers near Maryland toll facilities.

The JFK and Hatem Bridge Stop-in Centers will resume their normal business hours starting Oct. 1: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Effective Oct. 1, the lane configuration at the Hatem Bridge toll plaza will change.  Approaching the toll plaza, Lanes 1 and 2 to the right will accept cash, E-ZPass and tickets.  Lanes 3 and 4 will accept E-ZPass only.  Lane 5 to the left will be permanently closed.

Note: Please remember to properly install your E-ZPass transponder.  Failure to properly install the transponder may result in a charge for the video toll rate, which is $9 at the Hatem Bridge.  For instructions and additional information, visit mdta.maryland.gov.

Dont Delay.  Get Your E-ZPass Today!

Maryland House closed for reconstruction; Chesapeake House open for business

Sept. 17, 2012  The innovative 35-year Public Private Partnership (P3) agreement with Areas USA MDTP, LLC, to redevelop and operate the two aging travel plazas along the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) in northeast Maryland officially began Sunday, Sept. 16 with the closure of the Maryland House.

While the Maryland House is now closed, the Chesapeake House remains open for business with a full complement of new food concepts opening in phases through early October. However, food service is limited the week of Sept. 16 as new concessions open, including Dunkin Donuts, KFC, Earl of Sandwich, Pizza Hut and Wendy's. There also will be no fuel service available for approximately 2-4 days while equipment repairs are made.

Truck parking in Harford County is extremely limited with the closing of the Maryland House. Truck drivers need to utilize locations in Cecil County, including the Chesapeake House, the Perryville Weigh Station and privately-owned facilities at the I-95 interchanges. It is particularly important for truck drivers traveling southbound I-95 to plan ahead since there is limited truck parking available between Cecil County and the Welcome Center in Howard County.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 13, 2012

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

PAVING & BRIDGE DECK SEALING PROJECTS BEGIN ON I-95 IN BALTIMORE, HARFORD & CECIL COUNTIES

BALTIMORE, MD  The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces the start of two preservation projects, funded completely by toll revenue, on the

John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) as part of MDTAs commitment to preserving and maintaining the States aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways.

In Baltimore and Harford counties, a 1.5 year, nearly $13 million project begins to resurface northbound and southbound I-95 between Joppa Road and Winters Run Road.  American Infrastructure of Fallston, Md. is performing the work, which includes grinding and patching existing pavement, resurfacing with hot mix asphalt and installing new striping, rumble strips and pavement markers.  Single-, double- and triple-lane closures may be in effect on I-95 during off-peak hours.  No closures are permitted the day of, preceding or following a major holiday.

A six month, nearly $480,000 project to seal bridge decks on nine overpasses crossing I-95 in Harford and Cecil counties is being performed by Orfanos Contractors, Inc. of Baltimore.  The contractor will work on one bridge at a time, starting from the southern-most overpass (Old Joppa Road over I-95) to the northern-most overpass (Appleton Road [MD 316] over I-95).  Flagging operations along local roads will be needed during off-peak hours. 

The Kennedy Highway and its approach roadways and ramps were opened in 1963.  A painting project for various bridges on I-95 is expected to begin this fall.  A deck overlay/miscellaneous repairs project for the Bouchelle Road and Singerly Road (MD 213) overpasses crossing I-95 in Cecil County is expected to begin spring 2013.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 6, 2012

Contact: Cheryl M. Sparks or Kelly Melhem

410-537-1017 

*REVISED* MARYLAND HOUSE ON I-95 CLOSES FOR RECONSTRUCTION AT MIDNIGHT, SEPT. 15; CHESAPEAKE HOUSE OPEN FOR BUSINESS

New Food Services Open In Phases Through Early October At Chesapeake House; Limited Truck Parking In Harford County

BALTIMORE, MD – The innovative 35-year Public Private Partnership (P3) agreement with Areas USA MDTP, LLC, to redevelop and operate the two aging travel plazas along the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) in northeast Maryland officially begins Sunday, Sept. 16. 

“The MDTA is looking forward to its 35-year partnership with Areas USA as reconstruction gets underway at the Maryland House,” said MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett.  “We thank our customers in advance for their patience during our next two years of transition, growth and improvement at the travel plazas.  With Areas USA, we’re bringing 21st century customer-service facilities to Maryland’s citizens and visitors at no cost to the State.”

Areas USA will keep one travel plaza open throughout the redevelopment to serve customers.  When the Maryland House closes at midnight on Saturday, Sept. 15, the Chesapeake House will remain open for business, with a full complement of new food concepts opening in phases through early October.  However, food service will be limited the week of Sept. 16 as new concessions open, including KFC, Earl of Sandwich, Pizza Hut and Wendy’s.  There also will be no fuel service available for approximately 2-4 days starting at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 16 while equipment repairs are made.

Truck parking in Harford County will be extremely limited with the closing of the Maryland House.  Truck drivers will need to utilize locations in Cecil County, including the Chesapeake House, the Perryville Weigh Station and privately-owned facilities at the I-95 interchanges.  It is particularly important for truck drivers traveling southbound I-95 to plan ahead since there will be limited truck parking available between Cecil County and the Welcome Center in Howard County.

The new Maryland House is expected to open fall/winter 2013 – with signature Maryland cuisine from Phillips Seafood among its food offerings – and the Chesapeake House will close for reconstruction.  The temporary Chesapeake House will also include Dunkin’ Donuts, Cinnabon, Nathan’s Famous and Freshens.  The new Chesapeake House will feature Wendy’s, Earl of Sandwich, Pizza Hut, KFC, Wetzel’s Pretzels and Caribou Coffee. Concessions for the new Maryland House include Phillips Seafood, Wendy’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jerry’s Subs & Pizza, Currito, Nathan’s Famous, Auntie Anne’s and Carvel.

The P3 agreement, which will bring more than $400 million in revenue to the State, was approved by the MDTA Board in January and by Maryland’s Board of Public Works in March.  Areas USA is undertaking the $56 million reconstruction of the travel plazas, which is estimated to create 400 jobs for Maryland’s workforce.

Areas USA is partnering with multiple Maryland firms, several of which are minority-owned or women-owned businesses, including:

  • Ayers Saint Gross - Lead designer, Baltimore.
  • Clark Construction - Contractor, Bethesda.
  • Cain Contracting, Inc. - Sub-contractor, Columbia - Minority owned.
  • WBCM - Civil and traffic engineer, Baltimore.
  • Aria Environmental, Inc. - Environmental design, Woodbine - Woman owned.
  • Cagley & Associates - Structural engineer, Rockville - Minority owned.
  • L&J Construction - Snow removal, Baltimore - Minority owned.       
  • 4 Evergreen Lawncare, LLC - Landscape maintenance, Baltimore - Minority owned.
  • NMP Engineering Consultants, Inc. - Water resources engineering, Hunt Valley - Minority owned.

The redevelopment plan includes contemporary design, additional bus parking, free WiFi, LEED Silver certified buildings and a staffed Welcome Center.  The Maryland House will be rebuilt in exactly the same location, while the new Chesapeake House will be built adjacent to its current site. 

Timeline for Travel Plaza Redevelopment:

  • September 16, 2012: Areas USA becomes new concessionaire.  The Maryland House is closed for reconstruction; the Chesapeake House remains open.
  • Fall/Winter 2013/2014: Maryland House reopens for service; Chesapeake House closes for reconstruction.
  • Summer/Fall 2014: Chesapeake House reopens for service.

Renderings of the new travel plazas can be found at www.i95mdtravelplazas.com.  Customers can provide feedback during the transition and reconstruction to Areas USA at 866-820-1178 or guestservice@areasmail.com.