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Date: May 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 23, 2017

 

SUMMER 2017 TRAVEL SEASON

KICKS OFF WITH MEMORIAL DAY

Nearly 1.9 Million Motorists Anticipated To Travel Maryland's Toll Facilities

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BALTIMORE, MD - As the unofficial start to summer approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the nearly 1.9 million motorists anticipated to travel MDTA roadways this holiday to plan ahead, travel off-peak and put safety first. This total represents a 2.5% increase in traffic counts compared to last year.

MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, May 26, and Monday, May 29:

  • Bay Bridge (US 50/301) - more than 356,000.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) - more than 476,000.
  • Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) - more than 474,000.

An additional 593,000 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/Friday - before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Saturday - before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  • Sunday/Monday - before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

· Avoid the Flock!

  • For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA. To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
  • Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions. Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
  • Get there faster with E-ZPass! Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass "On the Go" retail locations.
  • Need to rest or fuel up? Stop by the Maryland or Chesapeake House travel plazas along I-95 in northeast Maryland.
  • Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 and I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in Baltimore during your holiday travels. Visit mdta.maryland.gov for toll rates.

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. Officers will step up seatbelt enforcement during the Click It or Ticket Campaign through June 4. Additional MDTA Police patrols will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at Maryland toll facilities throughout the holiday weekend. Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles during the holiday weekend. In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Friday, May 26, to 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.

Construction Reminders:

  • I-95 improvement project north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel is underway. Current traffic pattern features no left shoulder and only a small right shoulder on northbound I-95. All lanes are open in both directions.
  • I-895 Patapsco River Flats bridge deck and superstructure replacement continues. Current traffic pattern features two-way traffic (one adjacent lane in each direction) 24/7 on I-895 across the Patapsco Flats bridge near Baltimore/Washington Parkway. Motorists should consider I-95 as an alternate route.

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

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

· Buckle Up! Every Seat. Every Time.

· State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.

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

· Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.

· Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.

· Keep your eyes on the road - do not sight-see.

· Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.

· Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."

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

· When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:

  • The location of the emergency;
  • A call-back telephone number; and
  • Details of the incident/disabled vehicle or other circumstances.

The E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers will be closed on Monday, May 29. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.

The MDTA thanks motorists for partnering with us. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 19, 2017

 

SPEED CAMERA ENFORCEMENT BEGINS ON I-95 NORTH OF FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL

Speed limit within work zone reduced from 55 mph to 50 mph

BALTIMORE, MD - In coordination with the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration and Maryland State Police (MSP) Maryland SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and MDTA Police will deploy ASE equipment for construction activities north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

Beginning Monday, May 22, ASE equipment will be deployed on northbound and southbound I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Moravia Road. This equipment will be used to slow drivers in the work zone currently in place on this stretch of I-95. Advance warning signs are in place prior to the work zone to alert drivers of automated speed enforcement use and a "speed trailer" will be on-site to display drivers' speeds.

After a 21-day warning period, MSP will authorize citations starting Monday, June 12. By law, if a vehicle is recorded traveling 12 or more miles over the posted speed limit (the posted speed is 50 mph at this location), a $40 fine will be issued to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Maryland SafeZones' goal is to slow drivers and make work zones safer environments for work crews, drivers and passengers. Even when workers are not present, work zones can be dangerous due to uneven pavement, lane shifts, reduced shoulders and other modifications. For more information on the program, visit safezones.maryland.gov.

The current work is part of the MDTA's $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 entire project is expected to be complete in summer 2018.

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
May 5, 2017

Contact: Kerry Brandt
410-537-1017

TRAINING EXERCISE TO BE HELD
ON BAY BRIDGE NEXT WEEK

 

WHAT: An emergency response training exercise will be held on the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) in the left lane of the westbound span (this lane was already on the lane-closure schedule for this week).

Motorists will see emergency equipment on the bridge with lights engaged. Please use caution when traveling the westbound span.

WHEN: Weather permitting, Monday, May 8, through Thursday, May 11, from approximately 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

WHY: Emergency response personnel will be conducting a training exercise.

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!!