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Date: Aug 2013

Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

Scheduled for the Week of September 1 - 7, 2013

 

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

 

The westbound span may be closed Tuesday through 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.  Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closures.

One lane of the westbound span may be closed Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for preservation/maintenance work. 

Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., the right lane of the westbound span will be closed for approximately 15 minutes for contractor pick-up.  Weather-permitting, two-way operations will not be implemented until after the westbound right lane opens to traffic.

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 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 - call 511 or visit MD511.org.  Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA, facebook.com/TheMDTA and mdta.maryland.gov. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 27, 2013

Contact:          John Sales (MDTA)

410-537-1017

SHA

410-545-0303

 

BALTIMORE GRAND PRIX TO IMPACT I-95 & I-395 TRAFFIC THROUGH BALTIMORE

I-395 closed at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard starting tomorrow night;

Motorists urged to use alternate routes

 

BALTIMORE, MD – As the city of Baltimore gears up for the 2013 Baltimore Grand Prix taking place this weekend, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) and the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) remind motorists to anticipate delays, plan ahead and Know Before You Go!

 The Grand Prix will take place Friday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 1.  Event-related traffic, coupled with the more than 452,000 vehicles anticipated to travel the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) over the holiday weekend, will result in delays along the I-95 corridor.  The heaviest traffic volumes are expected Thursday and Friday between 8 a.m. and noon and on Sunday evening.  Commuters and event-goers heading into the Downtown/Inner Harbor areas of Baltimore during the morning rush hour on Thursday and Friday may experience queued traffic on I-95, I-395 and Russell Street.

Closures on and impacts to MDTA roadways and ramps are as follows (please note times are approximate and subject to change):

·         Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 9 p.m. to 12 noon Monday, Sept. 2 – northbound
I-395 will be closed at Martin Luther King, Jr. , with no access to Conway, Howard & Lee Streets.  Motorists detoured to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.  

·         Thursday, Aug. 29 from 12:01 a.m. to 12 noon Monday, Sept. 2 – southbound
I-395 will be closed from Howard Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

·         Thursday, Aug. 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 12 noon Monday, Sept. 2 – the ramp from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to Lee Street will be closed.

·         Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2 – I-95 and I-895 will experience heavy traffic volumes due to the Labor Day holiday.

·         Friday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 11:00 a.m. to mid-afternoon – I-95 at Exit 55 (Key Highway) and McComas Street will experience heavy traffic due to cruise ship departures.

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

The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity.  The MDTA and SHA will add additional emergency traffic patrols along MD 295, I-95 and I-695 this weekend to quickly clear incidents and assist disabled vehicles.  MDTA and SHA personnel will monitor traffic conditions at their respective 24-hour Operations Centers, updating overhead message signs and providing up-to-date information to the traveling public. 

 The MDTA also offers the following travel tips:

·         Plan Ahead:

o       Know Before You Go - call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.  To view real-time traffic camera images on I-95/I-395 and other MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.

o       Allow additional travel time.

o       For Grand Prix traffic information, including an interactive map of roadway closures, traffic patterns, parking and Maryland Transit Administration information, visit gptraffic.com.  For information on the event, visit grandprixofbaltimore.com.

o       The cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Fort McHenry and Baltimore Harbor tunnels and the Key Bridge is $4.  For current toll rates, visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator.

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

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

o       Electronic message signs will display travel times, delays, incidents and alternate routes.

o       It is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.

o       Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.

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

o       Move over when passing an emergency situation.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.

The MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities inside of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) from 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.  Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 27, 2013

Contact:          Tamory Winfield

 410-537-1017

 

 

OVERNIGHT CLOSURE OF RAMP FROM SOUTHBOUND I-95 TO WESTBOUND MD 43 ON THURSDAY

Closure is part of I-95 Express Toll LanesSM Project

 

WHAT:           Weather-permitting, Exit 67B from southbound I-95 to westbound MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) will be temporarily closed for night work. 

The detour route will direct motorists to eastbound MD 43 (Exit 67A), to eastbound MD 7, to westbound MD 43.

WHEN:           Thursday, Aug. 29, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

WHY:              The work is part of the reconstruction of the I-95/MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) interchange for the Maryland Transportation Authority's (MDTA) I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETLsSM) Project.

 

The I-95 ETLs Project is expected to be complete in 2014.  For more information, visit I95ExpressTollLanes.com.

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  Know Before You Go! Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.  The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience. 

Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience. 

 

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Facility: (I-95) Fort McHenry Tunnel

(I-95) Fort McHenry Tunnel Closures for the Week of August 26, 2013

The following closures are tentatively scheduled at the Fort McHenry Tunnel the week of August 26 through August 31, 2013:

  • Monday 8/26 - Bore 4 for maintenance operations
  • Tuesday 8/27 - Bore 4 for maintenance operations
  • Wednesday 8/28 - No Closures Scheduled                                                
  • Thursday 8/29 - No Closures Scheduled
  •  Friday 8/30 - No Closures Scheduled
  •  Saturday 8/31 - No Closures Scheduled  

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

(I-695) CURTIS CREEK DRAWBRIDGE OPENINGS SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 26, 2013

The (I-695) Curtis Creek Drawbridge will open for U.S. Coast Guard water traffic on August 28 - 31, 2013.  Drawbridge will remain open until water traffic passes beneath.

DRAWBRIDGE SCHEDULE:

  1. Wednesday, August 28 - 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  2. Thursday, August 29 - 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  3. Friday, August 30 - 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  4. Saturday, August 31 - 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

 

Schedule is subject to change

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 23, 2013

Facility: (I-895) Baltimore Harbor Tunnel

(I-895) Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Closures for the Week of August 26, 2013

The Westbound Tunnel is scheduled to be closed at 9 p.m. on the evening of August 26, 2013, for tunnel washing operations.  Re-opening is scheduled to take place at 4:00 a.m. the following morning.

The Eastbound Tunnel is scheduled to be closed at 9 p.m. on the evening of August 27 and 28 2013, for tunnel washing operations.  Re-opening is scheduled to take place at 4:00 a.m. the following morning.

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

Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

Scheduled for the Week of August 25 - 31, 2013

 

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

 

The westbound span may be closed Monday through Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning for preservation/maintenance work.  Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closures.

One lane of the westbound span may be closed Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for preservation/maintenance work. 

Monday through Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., the right lane of the westbound span will be closed for approximately 15 minutes for contractor pick-up.  Weather-permitting, two-way operations will not be implemented until after the westbound right lane opens to traffic.

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 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 - call 511 or visit MD511.org.  Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA, facebook.com/TheMDTA and mdta.maryland.gov. 

    

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                     OVERNIGHT FLAGGING CONTINUES ON THE NICE BRIDGE

 

(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 earlier this spring 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 overnight off-peak hours:

·      Saturday through Thursday with Saturday hours from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning and Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.

 

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.

Remember to follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA for the latest updates.

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  Know Before You Go!  Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.  The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 16, 2013

Facility: (I-95) Fort McHenry Tunnel

(I-95) Fort McHenry Tunnel Closures for the Week of August 19, 2013

The following closures are tentatively scheduled at the Fort McHenry Tunnel the week of August 19 through August 25, 2013:

  • Monday 8/19 - Bore 3 for maintenance operations
  • Tuesday 8/20 - Bore 2 & Bore 4 for maintenance operations
  • Wednesday 8/21 - Bore 1 & Bore 3 for maintenance operations                                                
  • Thursday 8/22 - Bore 1 for maintenance operations
  •  Friday 8/23 - Bore 3 maintenance operations
  •  Saturday 8/24 - Bore 3 for maintenance operations   

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 8, 2013

Facility: (I-895) Baltimore Harbor Tunnel

(I-895) Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Closures for the Week of August 19, 2013

The Westbound Tunnel is scheduled to be closed at 9 p.m. on the evening of August 19, 20, 201 and 22, 2013, for tunnel washing operations.  Re-opening is scheduled to take place at 4:00 a.m. the following morning.

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