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Date: Mar 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 31, 2017 

 

I-95 IMPROVEMENT PROJECT TO ADD CAPACITY NORTH OF THE TUNNEL

Project will increase roadway to four lanes;

Minimal impact to traffic

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) today announces a $49.4 million project to reconfigure travel lanes on a four-mile stretch of I-95 north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.  Once complete, the project will provide four continuous lanes on I-95 between the Tunnel and Moravia Road.  The current roadway has three lanes with merge lanes in several sections.  Funded completely by toll revenue, this safety and capacity project will increase reliability of travel times on this section of I-95.

“This project will reduce the commute time for the 123,000 motorists that use it every day,” said Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman Pete K. Rahn.

Weather-permitting, the contractor will begin restriping along northbound I-95 on Sunday, April 2.  This work involves reconfiguring the lanes on the existing roadway surface.  Work will begin on southbound I-95 at a later date.  The work will be done overnight during bore closures at the Fort McHenry Tunnel and will take 10 to 12 nights to complete, weather-permitting.  The contractor will remove the existing roadway striping and install new striping on northbound I-95, starting in the far right lane and moving across the road to the left.  Once the restriping is complete, traffic will be fully shifted to the right.  During this first traffic shift, there will be no left shoulder and only a small right shoulder.

Here are the areas on I-95 that will be converted from three lanes and merge lanes to four continuous lanes:

Northbound I-95

  • From Exit 57 (Boston Street) to the entrance ramp from O'Donnell Street.
  • From Exit 60 (Moravia Road) to where the I-95 Express Toll Lanes begin.

Southbound I-95

  • From Exit 57 (Boston Street) to entrance ramp from Interstate Avenue.

The speed limit within the work zone will be reduced from 55 mph to 50 mph during the project.  Additionally, automated speed enforcement (ASE) will be in place after the first traffic shift on northbound I-95.  The MDTA will issue a traffic advisory announcing the start date for ASE.

The entire project is expected to be complete in summer 2018.  Concrete General of Gaithersburg will restripe I-95, reconstruct at-grade shoulders, replace at-grade median concrete traffic barriers and reconstruct portions of the existing bridge decks and all concrete bridge parapets. 

The MDTA will update motorists on changing traffic patterns via traffic advisories, social media and its website.  Motorists should pay attention to electronic and static signs for current travel information.  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

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 20, 2017

 

CONTACT:  Lt. Kevin Ayd

                       410-537-7724

                                              

  PURSUIT OF STOLEN VEHICLE ENDS IN FATAL CRASH

 

BALTIMORE, MD – On March 19, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police attempted to stop a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado that was reported stolen on March 17, 2017, by the Laconia, N.H., Police Department.

 

An officer attempted to conduct the traffic stop on I-95 in Baltimore just north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel. The vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit ensued on northbound I-95 through Harford and Cecil counties.  The pursuit ended when the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed at Exit 109 (MD 272). The driver of the Chevrolet, Stephen K. Reinholz, a 28-year-old male from Laconia, N.H., and passenger Kaili M. Pierce, a 28-year-old female from Concord, N.H., both were pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

Troopers from Maryland State Police John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway Barrack assisted MDTA officers in the pursuit.  No officers or troopers were injured during the pursuit.  The investigation continues and is being handled by the MDTA Police.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2017

 

CONTACT: Lt. Kevin Ayd
410-537-7724

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP
IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT
ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY
NOTHING LUCKY ABOUT JAIL
#makeaplan

BALTIMORE, MD - On March 17, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will be out on the roadways enforcing impaired, distracted and aggressive driving laws during the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

"We want you to enjoy yourself this St. Patrick's Day, but be responsible and make a plan for a sober ride home," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Jerry Jones.

Motorists should be reminded that "Buzz Driving is Drunk Driving." According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2011 - 2015, 252 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick's Day.

In addition, the MDTA Police want to remind motorists to make a plan prior to going out for St. Patrick's Day.

1. Choose a designated driver.

2. Call a taxi or ride-share service.

3. Take public transportation.

 

The MDTA Police are committed to reducing traffic crashes that result in serious injuries and deaths on our roadways.

The MDTA Police supports the "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign - a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland's roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.