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Date: Jul 1, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 1, 2014

 Contact:         John Sales

                        410-537-1017

FOURTH OF JULY TRAVEL INFORMATION
FOR I-95/I-395 IN BALTIMORE CITY
Left Lane Closed 24/7 on Southbound I-395 Ramp to Southbound I-95 

BALTIMORE, MD  As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists traveling the I-95/I-395 corridor this holiday about the ongoing construction project and related lane shifts and closures south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

The ramp from southbound I-395 to southbound I-95 exiting Baltimore City is reduced to one lane continuously (24/7) until mid-August.  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.

Currently, traffic lanes on southbound I-95 are 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.  This condition will remain the same on July 4th and through the weekend.  On Tuesday, July 8 (after 9 p.m.), the traffic pattern will change and traffic lanes will shift to the left of the work zone with all three lanes to the left on southbound I-95.  This condition will remain until mid-August.

Three lanes left of work zone.

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 only for traffic through the tunnel (no exit before toll).  This condition will remain until mid-July.

The work zone is for MDTA’s $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 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue (Exit 50).  This preservation project, funded completely by toll revenue and expected to last two construction seasons, includes lane shifts on mainline I-95, reduced lane widths, elimination of shoulders and full-time and part-time ramp closures and detours around the work zone.

Reminders: 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

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.

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

FOURTH OF JULY TRAVEL INFORMATION

FOR MARYLAND’S TOLL FACILITIES

 

Bay Bridge

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.

Reminders

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.