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Date: Mar 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2014

Contact: Cheryl M. Sparks

                 410-537-1017 

Statement from Maryland Transportation Authority on
National Transportation Safety Boards Final Report
from Investigation of July 19, 2013, Bay Bridge Crash

Baltimore, MD The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) was notified today that the National Transportation Safety Boards (NTSB) Office of Highway Safety released its final report for the investigation of the July 19, 2013, crash on the Bay Bridge (US 50/301).  In response, MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner offers the following statement:

"The MDTA appreciates the thorough investigation of the July 19, 2013, crash conducted by the NTSB.  We also thank Senator Barbara Mikulski, whose interest in the crash demonstrated her concern for motorists safety.

Similar to the MDTA Police and Maryland State Police joint investigation, NTSBs final report attributes the cause of the crash to driver inattention on the part of the commercial-vehicle operator. The NTSBs report underscores the immense responsibility of each and every driver when traveling the Bay Bridge. Please keep your eyes on the road, dont tailgate and put your cell phones away. In turn, motorists can be assured that the MDTA places their safety first at all of its bridges, tunnels and highways. Just last month we outlined $500,000 in safety upgrades for the Bay Bridge, including requiring vehicles to use their headlights at all times on the bridge."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 14, 2014

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

MAJOR TWO-YEAR PROJECT BEGINS ON I-95 SOUTH OF THE FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL

4.4 Miles of Roadway Resurfacing and Joint Replacement Work

Traffic Shift on Northbound I-95 to Begin Sunday Night

BALTIMORE, MD – The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $66 million project to remove and replace the existing concrete deck (riding) surface and roadway joints on mainline I-95 and the ramps serving I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue (Exit 50).  This preservation project, funded completely by toll revenue and expected to last two construction seasons, includes lane shifts on mainline I-95, reduced lane widths, elimination of shoulders and full-time and part-time ramp closures and detours around the work zone.

Currently, crews are repairing and replacing storm drains along I-95 between Caton Avenue and Washington Boulevard.  Weather permitting, beginning Sunday night, March 16, northbound I-95 lanes will shift from the median toward the right shoulder and in late March/early April, construction barriers will be set up on northbound I-95 throughout the 4.4-mile construction zone. 

Weather permitting, in early May, southbound I-95 lanes will shift from the median toward the right shoulder followed by the installation of concrete barriers. By early summer, the ramp from southbound I-395 to southbound I-95 will be reduced to one lane for approximately three months and will reopen before the new school year begins in August.

The following ramps will be affected at various times during this project:

 

Full-Time Ramp Closures

Part-Time Ramp Closures

  • McComas Street to I-95.
  • Washington Boulevard to I-95 SB.
  • MD 295 to I-95 NB.
  • I-95 NB to Hanover Street.
  • I-95 NB to Key Highway.
  • Hanover Street to I-95 SB.
  • I-95 SB to I-395 NB.
  • I-95 SB to MD 295 SB.
  • Russell Street to I-95 SB.
  • I-95 SB to Caton Avenue.
  • I-95 NB to Russell Street.
  • I-395 SB to I-95 NB.
Full-time ramp closures will last 24/7 for approximately one to two weeks while part-time closures will occur on nights and weekends.  Scheduled lane closures will be restricted to off-peak and non-event hours during days, nights and weekends.  Mainline I-95 travel lanes will be reduced from 12-foot to 11-foot lanes during traffic shifts.  All lanes on I-95 will be maintained throughout the project.  Drivers should expect delays and shifts in traffic patterns in and around the work zone.
 
Construction is expected to be complete in mid 2016.  G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc., of York, Pa. will repair and replace aged bridge decks and drainage troughs, and mill and resurface the bridge decks.  Work also includes miscellaneous structural repairs.
 
The Fort McHenry Tunnel opened in 1985.  Bridges along I-95 north of the tunnel were resurfaced in 2001 and 2004.  This will be the first resurfacing project on I-95 south of the tunnel since it opened.
 
The MDTA will alert the public to changing traffic patterns, ramp closures and alternative routes/ detours through traffic advisories, website and social media updates and notifications to local residents, schools, hospitals, businesses and emergency services.  Portable and overhead electronic message signs will display travel information.  For information on the MDTA’s 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

March 5, 2014

Contacts:         1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, MDTA Police, 410-537-7724 

                        Matthew Verghese, Lt. Governor’s Office, 410-701-0131

          

LT. GOVERNOR BROWN HONORS

TOP MDTA COPS

Anne Arundel County Resident Named Officer of the Year

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Yesterday evening, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown joined Transportation Deputy Secretary Wilson H. Parran, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner and MDTA Police Chief Col. Michael T. Kundrat to honor sworn and civilian members of the MDTA Police who distinguished themselves during 2013.

“Members of the MDTA Police play a key role in protecting some of Maryland’s most vital transportation facilities,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “From the Port of Baltimore and BWI Marshall Airport to our bridges, tunnels and highways, these outstanding men and women are vital to our efforts to build a stronger economy by keeping people and commerce moving safely and efficiently in Maryland.”

During the ceremony, which was held at the MDTA Police Headquarters located near the Key Bridge in Baltimore, Off. Paul Pastorek was named the MDTA Police Officer of the Year for 2013.  An Anne Arundel County resident and three-year member of the force, Off. Pastorek received the award for his exceptional work and service while assigned to the MDTA Police detachment at the Port of Baltimore.  He is a well-rounded officer and a leader in criminal and traffic enforcement.

“Maryland citizens have invested billions in essential transportation facilities and we owe it to them not only to maintain and preserve them, but to protect these assets and the people who rely on them every day,” said Deputy Secretary Parran.  “The accomplishments of the MDTA Police in 2013 epitomize the long-standing tradition of service and excellence members display year after year.”

In 2013, MDTA Police officers made more than 400 criminal arrests, arrested more than 1,100 individuals for suspected Driving Under the Influence offenses, issued nearly 170,000 traffic citations and warnings and inspected more than 25,000 commercial vehicles.

“Last year, the men and women of the MDTA Police continued to excel as a police force in carrying out its mission,” said Col. Kundrat. “I am proud of Off. Pastorek and each of the recipients who were honored and recognized for their efforts during last night’s ceremony.”

More than 80 officers and civilians also were honored with Awards of Excellence, Lifesaving Awards, Chief’s Commendations, Distinguished Service Awards and Top DUI enforcement officers, among others. Award recipients were nominated by citizens or fellow employees.

The MDTA Police have played a vital role in the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to enhance homeland security through intelligence and information sharing, Closed Circuit TV deployment, trainings and exercises and the new statewide interoperable radio system, Maryland FiRST. 

A nationally accredited force, the MDTA Police is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian professionals.  MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTA’s highways, bridges and tunnels, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore.

 

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