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Date: Mar 27, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                

March 27, 2013

Contact:          Cheryl M. Sparks or John Sales                                                                

                        410-537-1017

                               ICC SPEED LIMIT INCREASES TO 60 MPH                    

                             Changes will occur gradually between March 29-30

BALTIMORE, MD The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) will begin changing roadway signs to officially increase the posted speed limit on the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 from 55 mph to 60 mph.  Weather-permitting, on Friday, March 29, signs on westbound MD 200 will be changed to 60 mph; on Saturday, March 30, the eastbound MD 200 signs will be changed to 60 mph.  New warning signs for curves have also been added.

"Following months of careful deliberation and a detailed engineering study and crash analysis, I'm pleased that we are able to safely raise the ICC speed limit to 60 mph," said MDTA Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett.  "We needed one year of ICC operations and full consideration of the design speed and geometry of the roadway to ensure that a 60 mph speed limit is safe and justifiable."

With the crash analysis, traffic engineers examined vehicular crashes for the ICCs first year of operations between I-270 and I-95.  The analysis helped the MDTA confirm that the speed limit may be safely raised to 60 mph.

The MDTA anticipates that drivers traveling the ICC from end to end may save approximately 1 ½ minutes of travel time with the speed increase.   

Designed for 60 mph, the ICC has vertical and horizontal constraints along its length.  To reduce environmental impacts, the ICCs footprint was minimized, leading to these geometric constraints and the lower design speed.

The engineering study and crash analysis are available at mdta.maryland.gov.  Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 27, 2013

Contact:  Cheryl M. Sparks

                410-537-1017

MDTA NAMES CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

 

BALTIMORE, MD The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA), which finances, owns and operates the States eight toll facilities, has named Percy Dangerfield as Chief Administrative Officer. 

Mr. Dangerfield previously served as Chief of Staff for the Department of Port Control in Cleveland, Ohio, where he oversaw the agency and its $154 million operating budget, $233 million capital budget and more than 500 employees. He also supervised leadership team members responsible for operations, information technology, procurement, marketing, finance, planning and engineering, among others.

Prior to his work in Cleveland, Mr. Dangerfield served as Manager of the Business and Economic Division and as Assistant Chief of Diversity and Special Initiatives for the Maryland State Highway Administration.

The administrative support function at MDTA is a complex and challenging responsibility. Mr. Dangerfield brings a wealth of solid knowledge and experience in the planning, execution and improvement of administrative processes, said Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett.

As the MDTAs Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Dangerfield will direct the agencys administrative functions, including information technology, procurement, inventory control and human resources and workforce development.

Mr. Dangerfield completed his undergraduate work and earned a masters degree in business administration from Frostburg State University.  He is a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, the American Association of Airport Executives and the Airport Minority Advisory Council.

                                        

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