FOURTH OF JULY TRAVEL INFORMATION
FOR MARYLAND’S TOLL FACILITIES
With the summer travel season underway and the July 4th holiday falling on a Friday this year, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) anticipates heavy traffic volumes on the Bay Bridge Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6.
Weather permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way traffic operations to help alleviate delays.
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 – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Friday, 4th of July – before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
- Saturday – before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
- Sunday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
· Don’t Wing It. Plan Ahead!
- 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.
- Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.
- Ease your travel with E-ZPass. Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.
- Know Before You Go - call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information. To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
- For toll rates, visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator. The current cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Bay Bridge is $6.
· Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 in your travel route to the Eastern Shore.
Please be aware of the new safety signage installed on the Bay Bridge, including:
· MANDATORY HEADLIGHT USE AREA signs along both the westbound and eastbound bridges. Headlights are required at all times on the bridge;
· Curve warning signs and 40 mph speed-limit signs prior to curves on the westbound and eastbound bridges;
· YOUR SPEED IS driver feedback signs on the westbound and eastbound bridges; and
· DO NOT TAILGATE signs on the westbound and eastbound bridges.
I-95 South of Fort McHenry Tunnel
A major rehabilitation project is underway on I-95 south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore City. Currently, traffic lanes on northbound I-95 split around the work zone between the Caton Avenue on-ramp and the Fort McHenry Tunnel: one lane to the left and three lanes to the right. Use the right lanes for Baltimore exits 52-55 and the left lane for traffic through the tunnel.
Currently, traffic lanes on southbound I-95 split around the work zone between MD 295 and the I-395 on-ramp: two lanes to the left and one lane to the right. In addition, the ramp from southbound I-395 to southbound I-95 exiting Baltimore City is reduced to one lane continuously (24/7). Only one lane will be open to traffic on July 4th and through the weekend. Use the following alternate routes when exiting downtown this holiday weekend:
· Key Highway to McComas Street to northbound and southbound I-95;
· Russell Street to southbound I-95;
· Washington Boulevard to southbound I-95; and
· Lombard Street to Monroe Street to Wilkens Avenue to Caton Avenue to southbound I-95.
If driving on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95), the new Maryland House is open for service and the Chesapeake House is closed for reconstruction. The Chesapeake House reopens Summer/Fall 2014.
The MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures from Thursday, July 3, at 5 a.m. through Monday, July 7, at 9 a.m.
For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:
· Do not park along highway shoulders or stop on bridges to watch fireworks.
· On Friday, July 4, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Baltimore City has implemented a temporary truck restriction for the Downtown and Inner Harbor areas. Trucks entering Baltimore City on I-395 or Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard will be directed to continue north of Fayette Street or west of MLK.
· Pay attention to lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge westbound span. Lane changes between the westbound left and center lanes are prohibited for the entire span, whether or not two-way operations are in effect.
· Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-use control signals.
· Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text or use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
· State Law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.
· Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.
· Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
· Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see.
· Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”
· If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
· State Law requires vehicles to Move-over when passing an emergency situation. If you are unable to move over, slow down.