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Date: Jul 2016


July 27, 2016




BALTIMORE, MD - Governor Larry Hogan has appointed William H. Cox, Jr., of Bel Air and John F. Von Paris of Upper Falls to serve as the newest Board Members of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA). Both were appointed on July 1, 2016.

"Bill's and John's legislative, financial, business and transportation backgrounds will add to the diverse experience of our Board members," said MDTA Chairman and Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

President of William H. Cox, Jr., Real Estate, Inc., Mr. Cox also served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1971 - 1991 and previously worked in the financial industry. A graduate of Bel Air High School, Mr. Cox attended the University of Baltimore and previously served as chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation and the Greater Harford Committee, member of the Maryland Transportation Commission, vice chairman of the Conference of State Government and chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference's Federal State Affairs Committee, among many others.

A graduate of Towson University, Mr. Von Paris is president and chief executive officer of Von Paris Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of the Von Paris Family Moving and Storage business. Mr. Von Paris has served previously as chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland and past member of the Governor's Workforce Investment Board, where he co-chaired the Transportation Initiative. He is a past trustee and board member of The John Carroll School.

"I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to serving as a governing member of the agency responsible for so many of our state's major transportation investments," said Mr. Cox.

"Serving on the MDTA Board is truly a privilege. I look forward to working with this well-respected organization and talented team. I will use my many years of industry experience to best serve the citizens of Maryland," said Mr. Von Paris.

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) finances, owns and operates the state's eight toll facilities. The MDTA's Board Members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the state Senate, serve as the agency's policy-setting and governing body. Maryland's Secretary of Transportation serves as MDTA Chairman.



July 26, 2016



Cable Dehumidification Project First of Its Kind in U.S.

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has received local and national recognition for its innovative cable dehumidification project at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301). The $51 million project, the first of its kind in the United States, was completed last year and included the rewrapping and dehumidification of the main cables and anchorages of the eastbound and westbound Bay Bridge main spans, the only suspension bridges in Maryland.

"These awards show Maryland is a national leader in its use of innovation and state-of-the-art techniques to sustain Maryland's infrastructure for years to come," said Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman Pete Rahn.

Dehumidification is a cost-effective means of preserving main cable systems that has been proven on bridges in Europe and Japan. Twenty suspension bridges around the world use dehumidification systems to protect their bridge cables. Dehumidification systems eliminate moisture within airtight cable wrapping, delivering superior protection and extending the service life of the cables.

"It is an honor to have other professionals learning from our techniques," said Milt Chaffee, executive director of the MDTA, which finances, owns, operates and maintains the state's eight toll facilities. "After visiting the Bay Bridge project, several U.S. suspension bridge owners have indicated to us their plans to install dehumidification systems on their bridges."

The MDTA and its project partners, AECOM, Ammann and Whitney and Kiewit Infrastructure, received the following awards for the team's accomplishments:

  • 2016 Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) Award of Excellence:

MdQI presents annual Awards of Excellence and Partnering Awards for public-sector transportation projects in Maryland. The Bay Bridge Cable Dehumidification project won the 2016 Award of Excellence in February.

  • 2016 Grand Award - American Council of Engineering Companies Maryland (ACEC/MD) Engineering Excellence Competition:

The ACEC/MD annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of innovation, achievement, and value. The Bay Bridge Cable Dehumidification project was one of 13 finalists in the competition and garnered the 2016 Grand Award in February.

  • 2016 Honor Award - ACEC National Engineering Excellence Award Competition:

Since 1967, ACEC's Engineering Excellence Awards competition has celebrated the world's most outstanding engineering accomplishments. The Bay Bridge Cable Dehumidification project competed with about 150 projects and garnered a prestigious Honor Award in April.

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July 14, 2016
Contact: John Sales


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BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $48.5 million bridge deck and superstructure replacement for the bridge carrying I-895 over the Patapsco River Flats, located between Exit 4 (MD 295) and Exit 6 (I-97 and MD 2 spur road). 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.

Weather permitting, the right lane on northbound I-895 across the Patapsco Flats bridge will be closed continuously (24/7) starting Monday, July 18, at 10 p.m. for the first stage of construction.
Lane Diagram Patapsco Flats
A 24/7 right lane closure on southbound I-895 across the bridge will begin in early August. Southbound traffic approaching the work zone will have to keep right to use Exit 6 and stay left to remain on I-895. When this stage is complete in the fall, the northbound and southbound right lanes will reopen and the left lanes will be closed continuously.
In later stages of construction, there will be two-way traffic on southbound I-895 - one lane in each direction - for about one year while crews work on the northbound side of the bridge. When complete, two-way traffic will operate on northbound I-895 for about one year while crews work on the southbound side.
Motorists should expect delays during peak travel times and use I-95/Fort McHenry Tunnel as an alternate route. The MDTA will update motorists on changing traffic patterns via traffic advisories, social media and
The entire project is anticipated to be complete in summer 2019. McLean Contracting Company of Glen Burnie will replace the bridge's superstructure in its entirety, which will reduce the number of bridge joints for a smoother ride. Work also includes concrete removal and repairs. The MDTA is taking the necessary steps to protect the marshland during construction. The Patapsco Flats bridge was built in 1957 and underwent minor rehabilitation four years ago.
Motorists should pay attention to electronic and static signs for up-to-date travel information. To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at Find us on Facebook at
The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!!