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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.

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!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 18, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL 5K RUN/WALK ON SEPT. 21
TO BENEFIT SPECIAL OLYMPICS MARYLAND

Minimal Delays Expected During Off-Peak Closures and 5K Event

WHAT: The northbound right tube (Bore 4) of the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) will be closed temporarily for this weekends Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk. Barriers will separate vehicular traffic from runners in the toll plaza area during the event.

(I-95) will be closed temporarily for this weekends Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk. Barriers will separate vehicular traffic from runners in the toll plaza area during the event.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 20, at approximately 7 p.m., Bore 4 will close to vehicular traffic. All northbound traffic will be directed through the northbound left tube (Bore 3). Bore 4 is scheduled to reopen to traffic by 12 noon on Sunday, Sept. 21.

In addition, the ramp from northbound I-95 to Keith Avenue (Exit 56) will be closed during this timeframe. The detour route will direct motorists on northbound I-95 to Boston Street (Exit 57), to southbound I-95, to Keith Avenue.

Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt! Please drive with caution and obey posted-speed limits and traffic-control devices. For additional information on the Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K, please visit tunnelrun.org.

Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA, Facebook.com/TheMDTA, and mdta.maryland.gov.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 18, 2014

 

 

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

 

 

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:  Friday, Sept. 19, from midnight to 9 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 15, 2014

Contact:          Rebecca Freeberger
                        410-537-1017 

NEW SPLIT TRAFFIC PATTERN THROUGH WORK ZONE
ON SOUTHBOUND I-95 IN BALTIMORE CITY  

WHAT: Four traffic lanes will split around the work zone on southbound I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and the I-395 on-ramp: one lane to the left and three lanes to the right.

                    Work_Zone_Lane_Diagram

MOTORISTS SHOULD KEEP RIGHT IN THE TOLL PLAZA AND TUNNEL TO ACCESS BALTIMORE EXITS.   Motorists should use the right lane in the tunnel to access Key Highway (Exit 55) and must use the three right lanes in the tunnel to access I-395 (Exit 53) and MD 295 (Exit 52).  Motorists in the left lane can NOT access Baltimore Exits 52-55. Lane changes are not permitted in the tunnel.

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 new southbound I-95 split pattern will take effect on Tuesday, Sept. 16 (starting after 9 p.m.), continuously through 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 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.

Currently, traffic lanes on northbound I-95 split around the work zone between the Caton Avenue on-ramp and north of Exit 52: three lanes to the left and one lane to the right.   Motorists in the three left lanes can NOT use Exit 52 (Russell Street), but can access Exits 53 (Northbound I-395) and 55 (Key Highway).  KEEP RIGHT TO ACCESS RUSSELL STREET EXIT.  The right lane still has access to Exits 53 and 55.  Northbound I-95 Exit 54 (Hanover Street) and the on-ramp from Russell Street to northbound I-95 are closed continuously with detours in place.  This condition will remain until later this month.

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.

Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

 Scheduled for the Week of Sept. 14 - 20, 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 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 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. 

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for the summer months:

·         Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore.  The best times to travel the Bay Bridge on the weekends include:

  •          Friday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  •          Saturday before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  •          Sunday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

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. 9, 2014

Contact:          410-537-1017 

 

                 NICE BRIDGE OVERNIGHT FLAGGING FOR THE WEEK OF SEPT. 15 - 18

                            Work related to ongoing cleaning, painting and repair project

  

WHAT:           The Nice Bridge (US 301) across the Potomac River will continue to be reduced to one lane with flagging operations alternating northbound and southbound traffic during off-peak hours.  Currently, overnight flagging operations are Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.  The overnight hours will temporarily change for the week of Sept. 15 – 18.

WHEN:          Monday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Sept. 18, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.                     

WHY:              Crew will be performing bridge deck work related to the preservation project that began spring 2013 and is expected to last two years. 

 

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.

Standard off-peak flagging hours will return the week of Sept. 22:

·                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.      

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. 5, 2014

Contact:          John Sales

410-537-1017

 

 

STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR TO IMPACT

I-95/I-395 TRAFFIC IN BALTIMORE

Motorists Urged To Use Alternate Routes, Plan Ahead

 

BALTIMORE, MD – As the city of Baltimore gears up for the 2014 Star-Spangled Spectacular, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists to anticipate delays, plan ahead and Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

With an expected attendance of more than one million, the Star-Spangled Spectacular will take place Wednesday, Sept. 10 - Tuesday, Sept. 16.  Throughout the week, event-related traffic may result in major delays at the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) and along the I-95/I-395 corridor.  Commuters and event-goers heading to and from Baltimore during weekday morning and evening rush hours may experience higher than normal volumes of traffic on I-95/I-395.  In addition, ongoing construction between Caton Avenue and Hanover Street on I-95 involves lane shifts and various ramp closures.

An international parade of more than 30 tall ships and naval vessels will sail into Baltimore Harbor on Wednesday, Sept. 10 and depart on Tuesday, Sept. 16.  The heaviest traffic volumes in the area are expected on Saturday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 14, for the Star-Spangled Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.  Concerts and fireworks will also take place Saturday evening at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. 

Motorists are urged to take the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) or the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) if their destinations are north or south of Baltimore.  Motorists heading into the city should consider alternate routes such as I-83 or US 40, and from I-95, O’Donnell/Boston Street (Exit 57), Eastern Avenue (Exit 59) or Caton Avenue (Exit 50) to Wilkens Avenue.  Alternate route maps are available here and starspangled200.com.

Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA’s priority.  The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles.  MDTA also offers the following travel tips:

·      Plan Ahead:

o           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 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.

o           Allow additional travel time.

o           For information on the Star-Spangled Spectacular visit, starspangled200.com.

o           Consider public transportation – Light Rail, Metro Subway and Local Bus provide transit options.  Visit mta.maryland.gov for more information.

I-95 South of Fort McHenry Tunnel:  A major rehabilitation project is underway on I-95 in Baltimore City. Currently, traffic lanes on northbound I-95 split around the work zone between the Caton Avenue on-ramp and north of Exit 52: three lanes to the left and one lane to the right.  Motorists in the three left lanes can NOT use Exit 52 (Russell Street), but can access Exits 53 (Northbound I-395) and 55 (Key Highway).  KEEP RIGHT TO ACCESS RUSSELL STREET EXIT.  The right lane still has access to Exits 53 and 55.  Northbound I-95 Exit 54 (Hanover Street) is closed continuously – the detour route directs motorists to Exit 55 (Key Highway), to McComas Street, to Hanover Street.  In addition, the on-ramp from Russell Street to northbound I-95 is closed continuously – the detour route directs motorists to Russell Street Service Drive, to southbound I-395, to northbound I-95.

Reminder: Anticipate additional traffic from stadium events on Thursday, Sept. 11 (Baltimore Ravens game) and Friday, Sept. 12 (Baltimore Orioles day/night doubleheader).

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

o        Do not park along highway shoulders or stop on the Key Bridge to watch the events or ships.                     

o        Electronic message signs will display information on travel time, delays, incidents or alternate routes.

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

o        State law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.

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

o        Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.

o        Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”

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

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

The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity.  Citizens may report suspicious or unusual activity by calling 1-800-429-TIPS (8477).  The TIPS hotline is staffed 24/7 by members of the Maryland Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes MDTA Police.

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem

O Say Can You See! Star-Spangled Spectacular is a free festival that celebrates the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem. Tall ships, Navy ships and the Blue Angels will come to Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor to celebrate The Star-Spangled Banner.

Landside festivals include living history demonstrations, a family fun zone, live musical performances, and Chesapeake food and beverage.

Events crescendo on September 13 with two star-studded patriotic concerts and extraordinary fireworks display over Fort McHenry and the Baltimore harbor, which will broadcast live on PBS’ Great Performances.

Star-Spangled Spectacular Commercial Vehicle Restrictions (PDF Download)

For more information, please visit www.StarSpangled200.com

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. 7 - 13, 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 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 westbound span during the full eastbound span closures.

One lane of the eastbound span may be closed Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 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. 

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for the summer months:

·         Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore.  The best times to travel the Bay Bridge on the weekends include:

  •          Friday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  •          Saturday before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  •          Sunday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

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. Call511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information. 

 

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