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MDTA Traffic Advisories

The MDTA Traffic Advisories blog posts information about scheduled construction and maintenance projects or other traffic information that might interfere with the normal flow of traffic. Use the Keywords list to locate traffic advisories by facility.

NICE BRIDGE PROJECT CONTINUES

(Off-peak temporary lane closures and alternating traffic)

 

(BALTIMORE, Md) -- The MD Transportation Authority's (MDTA) preservation project continues on the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) across the Potomac River.  The ongoing project includes cleaning, painting and repair work that began spring 2013 and is expected to last two years.  

The Nice Bridge will continue to be reduced to one lane with flagging operations alternating northbound and southbound traffic during the following off-peak hours:

  • Daytime flagging operations Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Overnight flagging operations Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.  No work or flagging operations will occur on the same dates as Washington Redskins home games.                  

Drivers may observe equipment like Snooper trucks on the bridge as well as inspectors climbing and moving over the structure.

Trucks greater than 10-feet wide will not be permitted to cross the bridge during flagging operations.  Every effort will be made to cross all vehicles exceeding 10-feet from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Drivers of vehicles exceeding the width restriction must call 301-259-4444 to obtain approval and schedule an escort.  Calls must be made one hour prior to arrival at the bridge and will only be accepted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

When traveling through work zones:

  •   Slow Down Obey posted speed limits.
  •   Be Courteous Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.
  •   Pay Attention to Work Zone Signs, Equipment and Flaggers They help drivers move safely.
  •   Avoid Distracted Driving Devote your full attention to the road.

Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

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/TheMDTACall 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information. 

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 29, 2014

Facility: Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

BAY BRIDGE TOLL PLAZA CONCRETE REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT PROJECT BEGINS
Three Right Toll Lanes/Booths Closed 24/7 to Begin Work

The three right toll lanes and associated toll booths at the Bay Bridge toll plaza (eastbound US 50) will be continuously (24/7) closed for approximately 45 days (first stage of work).  Motorists should use the remaining open toll lanes and booths to the left of the closure.  As work progresses, these toll lanes will reopen and others will close.  Pay attention to overhead and portable electronic signs.

The toll booth lane closures are part of the MDTA's $4.5 million project to remove and replace the existing concrete pavement on the approach to the Bay Bridge toll plaza along eastbound US 50.  Three toll lanes will be closed at a time starting on the right side of the plaza.  The project is expected to be complete in spring 2015.

Since the far right toll lane is designated for permit vehicles, all approved permit vehicles will be detoured.  The signed detour route will direct permit vehicles to eastbound US 50 Exit 32, to Oceanic Drive, to Skidmore Road, to the first driveway on the left, where drivers must stop on the left shoulder and wait for an MDTA Police officer.

Loads over 10 feet wide may only move Monday through Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m., and Monday through Thursday, from 2:30 to 3 p.m.  All permit loads should call the MDTA Police at 410-295-8150 at least one hour prior to arrival at the bridge.  Note: vehicles over 10 feet wide cannot physically get through the remaining open toll lanes.

Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.  For Statewide traffic conditions, visit md511.org.  For the most up-to-date information follow us on Twitter at TheMDTA or on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

For Immediate Release

Facility: (I-895) Baltimore Harbor Tunnel

(I-895) Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Lane Closures for the Week of September 29, 2014

The WEST Tunnel is scheduled to be closed at 9:00pm on the evening of August 29 through October 2, 2014 for maintenance operations. Re-opening is scheduled to take place at 4:00am on the following morning.

This is a tentative schedule that is subject to change at any time due to weather, traffic conditions, emergency incidents, or priority closures.

For Immediate Release

Facility: (I-95) Fort McHenry Tunnel

(I-95) Fort McHenry Tunnel Closures for the Week of September 29, 2014

The following closures are tentatively scheduled at the Fort McHenry Tunnel the week of September 29, 2014 through October 5, 2014:

  • Monday 9/29 - Bore 2 and Bore 3 closed for maintenance operations
  • Tuesday 9/30 - Bore 2 and Bore 3 closed for maintenance operations
  • Wednesday 10/1 - Bore 2 and Bore 3 closed for mainenance operations
  • Thursday 10/2 - Bore 2 and Bore 3 closed for mainenance operations
  •  Friday 10/3 - Bore 2 closed for maintenance operations
  •  Saturday 10/4 - Bore 2 closed for maintenance operations
  • Sunday 10/5 Bore 2 closed for maintenance operations

This is a tentative schedule subject to change due to weather, heavy traffic, incidents or priority closures.

Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

 Scheduled for the Week of Sept. 28 - Oct. 4, 2014

 

All work will be performed weather permitting.  The MDTA urges motorists to drive with caution and obey all traffic-control devices and lane-control signals.  Lane closures are subject to change and closure times are dependent on traffic volumes. 

 

TOLL DOLLARS AT WORK

REMINDER: Headlights are required at all times on the bridge.

 

The westbound span may be closed Sunday from midnight to 5 a.m. the following morning, Monday through Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning for preservation/maintenance work or routine annual inspections.  Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closures.

One lane of the eastbound span may be closed Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for preservation/maintenance work.  Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span.

When daytime two-way traffic is in effect on the westbound span, toll lanes 1 through 5, on the left side of the toll plaza, will be directed into contra-flow traffic on the westbound span.  Motorists wishing to use an E-ZPass® Only lane to access the eastbound span should use toll lanes 6 or 9.

Monday through Friday, one lane will be closed for approximately 15 minutes for contractor pick-up. 

Note:  Concrete repair and replacement project begins at Bay Bridge toll plaza this week.  The three right toll lanes and associated toll booths will be continuously (24/7) closed.  Pay attention to overhead and portable electronic signs.

FOR 24/7 BAY BRIDGE TRAFFIC INFORMATION CALL 1-877-BAYSPAN (1-877-229-7726) or visit baybridge.com

Know Before You Go - For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us at facebook.com/TheMDTA and mdta.maryland.gov.  Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.                                                  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 25, 2014

 

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

 

CONCRETE REPAIR & REPLACEMENT PROJECT

BEGINS AT BAY BRIDGE TOLL PLAZA

Three Right Toll Lanes/Booths Closed 24/7 to Begin Work

 

WHAT: The three right toll lanes and associated toll booths at the Bay Bridge toll plaza (eastbound US 50) will be continuously (24/7) closed.  Motorists should use the remaining open toll lanes and booths to the left of the closure.  As work progresses, these toll lanes will reopen and others will close.  Pay attention to overhead and portable electronic signs.

 

WHEN: Sunday, September 28 (starting after 9 p.m.) for approx. 45 days for the first stage of work.

 

WHY: Toll Dollars At Work.  The toll booth lane closures are part of the Maryland Transportation Authority's (MDTA) $4.5 million project to remove and replace the existing concrete pavement on the approach to the Bay Bridge toll plaza along eastbound US 50.  Three toll lanes will be closed at a time starting on the right side of the plaza.  The project is expected to be complete in spring 2015.

 

Since the far right toll lane is designated for permit vehicles, all approved permit vehicles will be detoured.  The signed detour route will direct permit vehicles to eastbound US 50 Exit 32, to Oceanic Drive, to Skidmore Road, to the first driveway on the left, where drivers must stop on the left shoulder and wait for an MDTA Police officer.

 

Loads over 10 feet wide may only move Monday through Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m., and Monday through Thursday, from 2:30 to 3 p.m.  All permit loads should call the MDTA Police at 410-295-8150 at least one hour prior to arrival at the bridge.  Note: vehicles over 10 feet wide cannot physically get through the remaining open toll lanes.

 

REMINDER: Headlights are required at all times on the bridge.

 

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

Sept. 25, 2014

 

 

WORK TO RESULT IN TEMPORARY OVERNIGHT CLOSURE OF RAMP FROM SOUTHBOUND I-395 TO NORTHBOUND I-95 THIS SUNDAY

 

WHAT:   Weather permitting, the ramp in Baltimore City from southbound I-395 to northbound I-95 will be temporarily closed to traffic.

The detour route will direct motorists to southbound I-95, to Caton Avenue (Exit 50), to northbound I-95.

WHEN:  Sunday, Sept. 28, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.                        

WHY:  Work is part of the Maryland Transportation Authoritys (MDTA) two-year, $66 million project to remove and replace the existing concrete deck (riding) surface and roadway joints on mainline I-95 and the ramps serving I-95 in Baltimore City.

 

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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Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

 Scheduled for the Week of Sept. 21 - 27, 2014

 

All work will be performed weather permitting.  The MDTA urges motorists to drive with caution and obey all traffic-control devices and lane-control signals.  Lane closures are subject to change and closure times are dependent on traffic volumes. 

 

TOLL DOLLARS AT WORK

 

REMINDER: Headlights are required at all times on the bridge.

 

The eastbound span may be closed Sunday from midnight to 5 a.m. the following morning, Monday through Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning for preservation/maintenance work or routine annual inspections.  Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span during the full eastbound span closures.

One lane of the eastbound span may be closed Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for preservation/maintenance work.  Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span.

When daytime two-way traffic is in effect on the westbound span, toll lanes 1 through 5, on the left side of the toll plaza, will be directed into contra-flow traffic on the westbound span.  Motorists wishing to use an E-ZPass® Only lane to access the eastbound span should use toll lanes 6 or 9.

Monday through Thursday, one lane will be closed for approximately 15 minutes for contractor pick-up. 

FOR 24/7 BAY BRIDGE TRAFFIC INFORMATION CALL 1-877-BAYSPAN (1-877-229-7726) or visit baybridge.com

Know Before You Go - For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us at facebook.com/TheMDTA and mdta.maryland.gov.  Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.                                                  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 18, 2014

 

Contact:           John Sales

                        410-537-1017

 

CHANGES TO SPLIT TRAFFIC PATTERN THROUGH

WORK ZONE ON NORTHBOUND I-95 IN BALTIMORE CITY

Right lane must exit at Russell Street or I-395

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WHAT:       Four traffic lanes will NOW split around the work zone on northbound I-95 between south of the Russell Street exit ramp and the I-395 exit ramp: three lanes to the left and one lane to the right.

Motorists in the three left lanes will NOT have access to Exit 52 (Russell Street).  Motorists in the left lanes will be able to access Exits 53 (Northbound I-395) and 55 (Key Highway).  Motorists in the right lane MUST exit at Exit 52 (Russell Street) or Exit 53 (Northbound I-395). 

Northbound I-95 Exit 54 (Hanover Street) remains closed continuously – the detour route directs motorists to Exit 55 (Key Highway), to McComas Street, to Hanover Street.  In addition, the on-ramp from MD 295/Russell Street to northbound I-95 remains closed continuously – the detour route directs motorists to Russell Street Service Drive, to southbound I-395, to northbound I-95. 

Motorists should consider the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) or the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) if their destinations are north or south of Baltimore.

WHEN:       The changes to the northbound I-95 split pattern will take effect on Sunday, September 21 (starting after 9 a.m.), continuously through mid-October.  The MD 295/Russell Street on-ramp and Hanover Street exit will remain closed continuously until mid-October.  All dates and times are approximate and dependent on weather.

WHY:         Toll Dollars At Work The new traffic patterns are part of the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) two-year, $66 million project to remove and replace the existing concrete deck (riding) surface and roadway joints on mainline I-95 and the ramps serving I-95 in Baltimore City.

Currently on southbound I-95, four traffic lanes split around the work zone between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and the I-395 on-ramp: one lane to the left and three lanes to the right.  This condition will remain until mid-October.

 

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

Contact: Valerie Burnette Edgar (410) 545-0303

***TRAFFIC ALERT***

CREWS TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE TWO LANES OF EASTBOUND MD 200 (ICC) BETWEEN US 29 AND I-95 NEXT FOUR WEEKENDS

Contractor Will Improve Pavement for Long-Term Durability

(September 18, 2014) Beginning 8 p.m. Friday, September 19, and over the next four weekends, crews will close two lanes of eastbound Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 between US 29 (Columbia Pike) and I-95. One through lane will remain open to traffic and all lanes will re-open by 5 a.m. Monday morning of each weekend.  The closures allow crews to repair the pavement in this section of the highway.

The ramp from Briggs Chaney Road to eastbound MD 200 will also be closed to traffic during the weekend repair work as needed. Motorists who normally access eastbound MD 200 from Briggs Chaney Road should follow the posted detour, which is west on Briggs Chaney Road to southbound US 29 and then to eastbound MD 200.  Portable message signs will be used to advise motorist about the ramp closure and guide motorists through the work zone.

The work and continuous double lane closures are necessary to improve the durability of the roadway. After observing depressions on the eastbound lanes of the ICC, the State Highway Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority determined there is an underlying moisture issue below the roadway. The construction contractor for the ICC will remove and replace the underlying material and repave the area at no additional cost to the State.

For the latest real-time traffic and commuter information, log onto www.md511.org.

While SHA and its partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and dont follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For everyone!

 

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