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Date: May 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                               

May 21, 2013                                                                                                                  

Contact: Kelly Melhem                                                                   

          410-537-1017                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                            

SUMMER 2013 TRAVEL SEASON

          KICKS OFF WITH MEMORIAL DAY          

More Than 1.8 Million Motorists Anticipated To

Travel Maryland’s Toll Facilities

 

BALTIMORE, MD – As the unofficial start to summer approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the more than 1.8 million motorists anticipated to travel MDTA roadways this holiday – plan ahead; travel off-peak; and Drive Smart. Arrive Safe.  This total represents a 1% increase in traffic counts compared to last year.

MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, May 24, and Monday, May 27:

·         Bay Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 366,000.

·         John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – more than 437,000.

·         Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95, I-395) – more than 459,500.

An additional 540,000 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 – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  •        Friday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  •        Saturday – before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  •        Sunday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  •        Memorial Day Monday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

·         Don’t Wing It. Plan Ahead!

  •          Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.
  •          Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras at the Bay Bridge and to sign up for  email alerts.
  •          Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.
  •          Ease your travel with E-ZPass.  Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.
  •          Know Before You Go - call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.  To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
  •          For toll rates, visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator.  The current cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Bay Bridge is $4.  Effective July 1, the new cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles will be $6.

·         Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 in your travel route to the Eastern Shore.

Reminder:  The Maryland House travel plaza along the JFK Highway closed for a redevelopment project this past September and is expected to reopen fall/winter 2013.  The Chesapeake House remains open for fuel and food services.

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.  The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles. In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures from Friday, May 24, at 5 a.m. through Tuesday, May 28, at 9 a.m.

For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:

·         Pay attention to new lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge westbound span.  Lane changes between the westbound left and center lanes are prohibited for the entire span, whether or not two-way operations are in effect.

·         Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.

·         Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.

·         Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.

·         Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.

·         Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see.  Please note that the scaffolding around the westbound Bay Bridge towers is for an ongoing painting project.

·         Make sure your vehicle is “road ready”-- one disabled vehicle can cause extensive backups.

·         If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.

·         Move-over when passing an emergency situation.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.

In accordance with the State’s budget-reduction plan, MDTA offices will be closed on Friday, May 24, including the E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center.  Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824 to sign up for E-ZPass, update account information or make payments via credit card.  Offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 28.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.  Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 9, 2013

 

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

 

BRIDGE DECK PROJECT UNDERWAY ON RAMP FROM NORTHBOUND I-97 TO NORTHBOUND I-895

Ramp closed 24/7 for three months

 

                      

BALTIMORE, MD - The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $3.3 million bridge deck overlay and repair project for the ramp from northbound I-97 to northbound I-895 in Anne Arundel County.  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 Sunday, May 12, the ramp from northbound I-97 to northbound I-895 will be continuously closed (24/7) for approximately three months.  The detour route will direct motorists to westbound I-695 (Inner Loop), to northbound MD 295, to northbound I-895.  The ramp from MD 2 (Ritchie Highway) to northbound I-895 will remain open during the three-month closure period.  Single-lane and shoulder closures may be in effect on I-895 during off-peak hours.

Although the I-895 ramp will be closed for three months, the total project is expected to last until early 2014.  The Marksmen Company of Baltimore will remove the existing concrete deck surface and replace it with a latex modified concrete overlay.  Work also includes drainage improvements and miscellaneous structural repairs.

The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway (I-895) and I-97 and its approach roadways and ramps were opened in 1957 and 1993, respectively.  A cleaning and painting project for various bridges along

I-895 is expected to be complete this fall.  A deck replacement project for the I-895 bridges over Patapsco Avenue, Potee Street and Hanover Street in Baltimore City is expected to be complete by summer 2014.

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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