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Date: Apr 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2013

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

 

BRIDGE DECK PROJECT BEGINS

ON JFK HIGHWAY (I-95) OVERPASSES

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $1.7 million bridge deck overlay and repair project for the Bouchelle Road and MD 213 (Singerly Road) bridges over I-95 in Cecil County, Md.  This preservation project, funded completely by toll revenue, is part of the MDTA’s commitment to preserving and maintaining the State’s aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways.

Beginning on or about April 29, the Bouchelle Road bridge over I-95 will be continuously closed (24/7) for approximately 45 days.  From the north, the detour route will direct motorists to Warburton Road, to MD 272 (North East Road), to US 40 (Pulaski Highway), to Mechanics Valley Road, to Bouchelle Road.  From the south, the detour route will direct motorists to Mechanics Valley Road, to US 40, to MD 272, to Warburton Road, to Bouchelle Road.

Also beginning on or about April 29, the MD 213 bridge over I-95 will be reduced from two lanes to one for approximately 60 days.  Temporary traffic signals on each end of the bridge will alternate traffic across the bridge.

Construction is expected to last approximately 2.5 months.  Eastern Highway Specialists, Inc., of Wilmington, Del. will remove the existing concrete deck surface on both bridges and replace it with a latex modified concrete overlay.  Work also includes miscellaneous repairs to the bridges’ concrete substructures.  Single and double-lane closures may be in effect on I-95 during off-peak hours. 

The Kennedy Highway and its approach roadways and ramps were opened in 1963.  A resurfacing project on northbound and southbound I-95 in Baltimore and Harford counties began this spring.  A foundation and substructure repair project is ongoing on the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge (I-95).

Portable and overhead electronic message signs will display travel information.  For information on the MDTA’s other facility preservation projects, or to view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  For statewide travel conditions, visit MD511.org or call 511.

Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and 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

April 18, 2013

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS ADDED TO BAY BRIDGE STARTING THIS WEEKEND
Result of safety study completed in 2012; NO LANECHANGES between center and left lanes on westbound span

BALTIMORE, MD – The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) will install new lane markings, rumble strips and signs on the westbound Bay Bridge (US 50/301) to enhance safety measures during “two-way” traffic operations, based on a safety study MDTA completed last year.  Weather-permitting, crews will remove and replace the rumble strips and pavement markings and add new signs starting Friday, April 19.

“The MDTA is continuously looking to improve safety at all of its facilities and to build on existing safety measures at the Bay Bridge,” said MDTA Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett.  “These enhancements will provide additional visual and physical guides designed to help drivers stay alert and stay in their lanes during two-way operations.”

During periods of heavy eastbound traffic, the MDTA implements two-way traffic operations by “reversing” the left lane of the westbound span for use by eastbound motorists.  Crews will create a painted buffer between the westbound left lane and center lane using continuous double yellow lines, rumble strips and a solid white line along the 4.3-mile span.

The change will be gradual as crews first remove the existing rumble strips and pavement markings starting Friday, April 19.  Crews will then install the new lane markings and rumble strips.  The work is expected to last about one week and will be performed overnight and weather-permitting.

For this work, the westbound span may be closed Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning, Sunday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning and Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.  Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closures.

“Westbound motorists will need to adjust to the new pavement markings, which will prohibit changing lanes between the left and center lanes for the entire trip across the bridge, whether or not two-way operations are in effect,” said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Michael Kundrat.  “New signs reminding motorists to stay in their lane will also be installed as part of this effort.”

At the end of 2012, the MDTA announced its completion of an evaluation of additional safety measures that may be implemented at the Bay Bridge during two-way traffic.  The study concluded that double solid lines would create a buffer space between lanes while discouraging motorists from changing or crossing lanes.  Rumble strips, which were installed along portions of the bridge in 2008 and are proven effective in discouraging lane changes, would be installed along the entire span.

The MDTA will monitor the performance of these improvements and consider if they would be applicable to the eastbound span, where two-way traffic may be used to accommodate full westbound span closures for maintenance/construction.

Several improvements have been made over the past decade to improve safety on the Bay Bridge.  These include the installation of rumble strips along portions of the bridge and enhancements to the lane markings, lane-control system, signing and the procedures used by police and operations personnel for reversing the direction of travel on the bridge.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem

                410-537-1017

 

 

MDTA EXECUTIVE SECRETARY TO RETIRE

 

BALTIMORE, MD (April 11, 2013) - MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett has announced that he will retire effective May 1, 2013.  Mr. Bartlett served in this position on two occasions beginning in August 2010 and was responsible for the overall management of the MDTA's operations and its 1,700 employees, including the nationally accredited MDTA Police.

"When I came out of retirement to re-join the MDTA in September 2011, I had two principle objectives:  initiating the redevelopment of the Maryland House and Chesapeake House travel plazas and getting important toll citation legislation passed in the Maryland General Assembly," said Mr. Bartlett.  "We have accomplished both of these goals, and I am leaving the MDTA knowing that the agency is moving forward in a positive direction."

"Harold's years of experience and solid understanding of transportation issues facing the State made him an invaluable asset to the MDTA," said Acting Transportation Secretary and MDTA Acting Chairman Darrell B. Mobley.

"I'd like to thank Harold for his exceptional service.  He will be greatly missed."

Mr. Bartlett praised the MDTA staff and Board Members for their strong work ethic.

"The most difficult part of announcing my retirement is the fact that I will be leaving such a wonderful staff and Board.  I truly have loved working with everyone at the MDTA," Mr. Bartlett said.  "They are dedicated people, who do good things for Maryland and our customers every day.  It will be difficult to leave my friends and colleagues behind, but I know this is the right decision at the right time.  Besides, I still have some more things to cross off my bucket list!"

Prior to joining the MDTA, Mr. Bartlett served as Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation and as Deputy Executive Secretary of the MDTA.  He also served as the Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) from March 1997 to March 2006 and served 23 years in diverse executive-level management positions at WMATA.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 9, 2013

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

Facility:  (US 301) Nice Memorial Bridge

                             CLEANING & PAINTING PROJECT BEGINS ON NICE BRIDGE

Overnight Flagging Operations Start On Or About April 15

BALTIMORE, MD – The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $13.7 million cleaning, painting and repair project for the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), which connects Charles County, Md., and King George County, Va., across the Potomac River.  This preservation project, funded completely by toll revenue, is part of the MDTA’s commitment to preserving and maintaining the State’s aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways.

Beginning on or about April 15, the Nice Bridge will be reduced to one lane with flagging operations alternating northbound and southbound traffic during the following overnight off-peak hours: Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning and Friday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.

Daytime flagging operations are now taking place at the Nice Bridge for annual inspections.  Once inspections are complete, daytime flagging operations will begin for this project during the following off-peak hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trucks greater than 10-feet wide will not be permitted to cross the bridge during flagging operations.  Every effort will be made to cross all vehicles exceeding 10-feet from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Drivers of vehicles exceeding the width restriction must call 301-259-4444 to obtain approval and schedule an escort.  Calls must be made one hour prior to arrival at the bridge and will only be accepted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Construction is expected to last approximately two years.  Blastech Enterprises, Inc., of Baltimore will clean/paint and repair portions of the existing structural steel.  Work also includes repairing and sealing the concrete bridge deck and replacing the catwalk and ladder system under the bridge’s main span.

Portable and overhead electronic message signs will display travel information.  For information on the MDTA’s other facility preservation projects, or to view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  For statewide travel conditions, visit MD511.ORG or call 511.

Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and 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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