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Date: Feb 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 26, 2015

Contact:         Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem

410-537-1017

 

CREWS MAKING PROGESS IN REPAIR OF SUMP PUMP &

WATER LINE BELOW NORTHBOUND TUBES OF

FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL (I-95)

Bore Closures Now Scheduled Only for Overnight Hours through Weekend

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), which finances, operates and maintains the State’s eight toll facilities, continues temporary closures of one northbound tube of the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) during off-peak overnight hours for emergency repairs to an underground sump pump and discharge line beneath the right tube (Bore 4) and water line beneath the left tube (Bore 3). Both issues were caused by the recent extremely cold temperatures, and neither impacts the structural integrity of the roadway or tunnel. 

“Our crews confirmed yesterday that the discharge line was frozen and blocked by solid ice in multiple locations.  Using steam, they broke through the ice, allowing the pump to start pushing water through the discharge line,” said MDTA Executive Director

Bruce W. Gartner.  “Over the next few nights, we’re taking advantage of planned bore closures for maintenance so crews can monitor pump and discharge-line activity and continue repairing the broken water line. Crews also are inspecting the water lines beneath the tunnel’s southbound bores to rule out any potential issues.”

During the overnight closures, traffic will be directed through the northbound tube that remains open.  Traffic volumes are low during the overnight period; however, delays still may occur.  Motorists should follow overhead and portable electronic signs.            

Closures currently are scheduled for:

  •   Thursday, Feb. 26, from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning;      
  •   Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28, from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning; and
  •   Sunday, March 1, from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning.

The bore closures are needed as a safety measure for crews working in confined spaces beneath the tunnel roadway and to allow for the staging of necessary equipment in the bores.

Please note that additional temporary, off-peak closures may occur as necessary.  The MDTA will issue traffic advisories if additional closures are scheduled.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.  To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 26, 2015                                                                      

Contact:         Becky Freeberger

                        410-537-1017

 

 

*REMINDER*

HATEM BRIDGE E-ZPASS STOP-IN CENTER

TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY BEGINNING MARCH 2

  

WHAT:       The E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Center at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) will be closed for approximately two months.                                                                  

WHEN:       The closure will begin on Monday, March 2, 2015.              

WHY:          Crews will be performing building maintenance work. 

Customers are encouraged to visit the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Highway Stop-in Center at One Turnpike Drive in Perryville.

The hours of operation at the JFK Stop-in Center are as follows:

7:30 a.m.  3:30 p.m. - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

7:30 a.m.  6 p.m.  Wednesday 

Customers also may visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at

1-888-321-6824 to update account information or make payments via credit card.

Follow the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov, twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA. 

The MDTA thanks its E-ZPass Maryland customers for their patience and understanding!

  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 24, 2015

Contact:         Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem

                        410-537-1017

 

WORK TO RESULT IN TEMPORARY

OFF-PEAK CLOSURES OF ONE NORTHBOUND TUBE OF

FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL (I-95) THIS WEEK

Closures Needed for Access & Safety of Workers, Equipment Placement

              

BALTIMORE, MD –  The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), which finances, operates and maintains the State’s eight toll facilities, will close one northbound tube of the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) to traffic temporarily as crews perform ongoing emergency pump repairs and additional repairs to a fresh water pipe that broke from the extreme freeze/thaw beneath the tunnel roadway.  Crews continue to investigate a potential blockage in the pump’s discharge line.

“I want to emphasize to our motorists that at no point did we close the tunnel bores for safety concerns related to the tunnel or roadway itself,” said MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner.  “The bore closures are needed as a safety measure for our crews working in confined spaces beneath the tunnel roadway and to allow us to stage necessary equipment in the bores.  Right now, we do not have an estimate on the length of time for the repairs, but our goal is to keep both northbound bores open to traffic during peak times.”

During the temporary off-peak closures, all northbound traffic will be directed through the open tube.  When the northbound right tube (Bore 4) is closed, drivers will move left to use the left tube (Bore 3).  When Bore 3 is closed, drivers will move right to use Bore 4. Drivers should follow overhead and portable electronic signs and consider I-695 (Key Bridge) or I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel) if destinations are north of Baltimore City.            

Closures currently are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning; and
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. the following morning. 

Please note that additional temporary, off-peak closures may occur as necessary.  The MDTA will issue traffic advisories if additional closures are scheduled. 

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  Know Before You Go!  For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information. 

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 5, 2015                                                                      

Contact:         Becky Freeberger

410-537-1017

  

HATEM BRIDGE E-ZPASS STOP-IN CENTER

TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY

BEGINNING MARCH 2

  

WHAT:       The E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Center at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) will be closed for approximately two months.                                                                  

WHEN:       The closure will begin on Monday, March 2, 2015.              

WHY:          Crews will be performing building maintenance work.

  

Customers are encouraged to visit the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Highway Stop-in Center at One Turnpike Drive in Perryville.

The hours of operation at the JFK Stop-in Center are as follows:

7:30 a.m.  3:30 p.m. - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

7:30 a.m.  6 p.m.  Wednesday 

Customers also may visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at

1-888-321-6824 to update account information or make payments via credit card.

Follow the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov, twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA. 

The MDTA thanks its E-ZPass Maryland customers for their patience and understanding!

  

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