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Date: 2017


March 31, 2017 



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  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!



March 20, 2017


CONTACT:  Lt. Kevin Ayd





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.

March 16, 2017


CONTACT: Lt. Kevin Ayd



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


Feb. 23, 2017




BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) Office of Engineering and Construction was honored with several awards at the Maryland Quality Initiative conference last month.

The MDTA and its partners received the following awards for the deck rehabilitation of the bridges on I-95 south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel project:

  • Overall “Project of the Year” Award, Over $5 Million
  • Partnering Gold Award
  • Outstanding Minority Business Enterprise – Award of Excellence – Sunrise Safety
  • Outstanding Sub-Contractor – Award of Excellence – Sunrise Safety

The MDTA also received the Modal Award of Excellence (Construction & Design), Under $5 Million, for structural repairs on the I-95 bridges north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

Lastly, the National Asphalt Paving Association presented the MDTA with a Quality in Construction Award for its 12.5 mile I-95 resurfacing project.

Find the MDTA at and on Twitter and Facebook at /TheMDTA


Editor’s Note: A picture of the awards is available upon request. Please contact the MDTA Division of Communications at the number above if you are interested.


Feb. 1, 2017



Feb. 2 Enforcement Initiative on I-95 in Harford County

MOVE OVER for Emergency Responders


BALTIMORE, MD - To help prevent crashes from speeding and aggressive driving, multiple law-enforcement agencies will participate in a joint enforcement effort along the Maryland Transportation Authority's (MDTA) John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) tomorrow.

"Speed and aggressive driving continue to be major factors in crashes in Maryland and across the U.S.," said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. "We are grateful to the State and local law-enforcement personnel who are combining their forces to help keep our roads safe for all motorists, including our police, maintenance/construction crews and Courtesy Patrols who must work along the interstates."

"Targeted enforcement and educational efforts play a key role in Maryland's efforts to reduce fatalities on our roadways," said Maryland Motor Vehicle Administrator Christine E. Nizer, Governor Larry Hogan's Highway Safety Representative. "Drivers must realize that speeding and aggressive-driving behaviors can kill them and innocent victims."

The joint effort includes the Maryland State Police, the MDTA Police, the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the Bel Air Police Department, the Havre de Grace Police Department and the Aberdeen Police Department. Officers and deputies will saturate northbound and southbound I-95 between the Harford/Baltimore County line and the MD 24 interchange to enforce the posted speed limit of 65 mph in this area and to focus on other aggressive-driving behaviors.

"The goal of Maryland State Troopers on patrol is to save lives by promoting safe driving behaviors and by preventing and investigating crashes. This is accomplished by consistent enforcement of Maryland's traffic laws," said First Sgt. Edward Luers, Assistant Commander of the Maryland State Police JFK Highway Barrack.

MOVE OVER and protect those who protect us. Maryland law requires drivers to MOVE OVER when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If a safe lane change is not possible, drivers must slow down.

On average, more than 15,000 speed-involved crashes occur on Maryland roadways each year, and speeding is a major component in aggressive-driving crashes. In addition, speed increases the risk of serious injury or death in a crash. The five-year Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan brings together public-sector, private-sector and non-profit partners to combat traffic crashes and resulting serious injuries and fatalities. Learn more at

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