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Date: Jun 2015

FOURTH OF JULY TRAVEL INFORMATION

FOR MARYLAND'S TOLL FACILITIES

 

Bay Bridge

New lower toll rates effective July 1, 2015. Visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator. The new cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Bay Bridge is $4 and the new E-ZPass Maryland rate is $2.50.

With the summer travel season underway and the July 4th holiday falling on a Saturday this year, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) anticipates heavy traffic volumes on the Bay Bridge Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 5.

Weather permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way traffic operations to help alleviate eastbound delays.

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:

· 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- before 7 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, 4th of July - before 10 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 - To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.

I-95 in Baltimore City

A major rehabilitation project is underway on I-95 in Baltimore City. Expect reduced lane widths, lane shifts and split traffic lanes along I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue (Exit 50).

· The left lane on northbound I-95 between Exit 50 (Caton Avenue) and Exit 52 (Russell Street) is continuously closed (24/7).

· Current traffic patterns and project details are available at i95bmore.com or use #i95bmore on Twitter.

· 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.

Reminders

The MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures from Friday, July 3, at 5 a.m. through Monday, July 6, at 8 p.m.

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

· 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.

· Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.

· 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.

· Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.

· 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 approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.

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

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2015

 

CHANGING TRAFFIC PATTERNS & RAMP CLOSURE ON SOUTHBOUND I-95 IN BALTIMORE THIS WEEKEND

Rain Date Sunday Night Into Monday Morning Next Week

#i95bmore

 

WHAT: Southbound I-95 traffic lanes will split with three lanes to the left and one lane to the right from I-395 to Exit 50 (Caton Avenue). To use Exit 50, motorists MUST be in the right lane prior to the split. In addition, the on-ramp from Washington Boulevard to southbound I-95 will be continuously closed (24/7). Traffic from southbound Washington Boulevard will be detoured to Caton Avenue, to southbound I-95. Traffic from northbound Washington Boulevard will be detoured to Bush Street, to Russell Street, to southbound I-95.

 

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Southbound I-95

WHEN: Weather permitting, the southbound I-95 split from I-395 to Exit 50 and the Washington Boulevard on-ramp closure will be in effect by Sunday, June 28, for approximately three to four weeks. In the event of inclement weather or other variables, the split and on-ramp closure will be in effect by Monday, June 29.

WHY: Toll Dollars At Work: The split traffic patterns and closure are part of the Maryland Transportation Authority's (MDTA) two-year, $64 million project to remove and replace the existing concrete deck (riding) surface and roadway joints on mainline I-95 and ramps in Baltimore City.

REMINDER: Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) equipment is deployed on northbound I-95 between Exit 50 (Caton Avenue) and the Fort McHenry Tunnel. The work-zone speed limit is 50 mph on northbound and southbound I-95.

For additional project information, visit i95bmore.com. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA or use #i95bmore. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA. The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!!

 

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Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

Scheduled for the Week of June 28 - July 4, 2015

 

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 and Monday 10 p.m. to 5 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 closure.

The eastbound span may be closed Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 5 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.

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 holiday weekend include:

  • Thursday - Before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Friday- before 7 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, 4th of July - before 10 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

June 19, 2015

 

WORK TO RESULT IN OFF-PEAK TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ON EASTBOUND CAMPBELL BOULEVARD IN WHITE MARSH

 

WHAT:          Weather permitting, one lane on eastbound Campbell Boulevard between Honeygo Boulevard and Franklin Square Drive in White Marsh will be temporarily closed.  The entrance into the Nottingham Square shopping center closest to the I-95 overpass will be closed for left-turning vehicles during the periodic lane closures.  A temporary pedestrian walkway is located along the work zone on westbound Campbell Boulevard.

WHEN:          Closures will begin Monday, June 22, until late July.  Lane closures                     will take place during the following off-peak work hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon; and every day, 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.  All dates and times are approximate and dependent on weather.

WHY:             The work is part of the reconstruction of the I-95/MD 43 interchange for the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) I-95 Improvements with Express Toll Lanes (ETL) Project, and involves the reconstruction/widening of the existing I-95 bridge over Campbell Boulevard.  Campbell Boulevard will be widened to five lanes -- two lanes in each direction and a new center left-turn lane into Nottingham Square -- for improved traffic flow.  A new pedestrian sidewalk will also be constructed along eastbound Campbell Boulevard.

 

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

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 19, 2015

 

**POSTPONED**

(Rescheduled date has yet to be determined)

WORK TO RESULT IN LANE CLOSURE OF NORTHBOUND

I-895 IN BALTIMORE CITY THIS WEEKEND

Use I-695 Key Bridge as alternate route

 

WHAT: The left lane on northbound I-895 crossing the "K-Truss" steel bridge between Potee Street (Exit 7) and Shell Road (Exit 8) in Baltimore City will be continuously closed (24/7).

WHEN: Weather permitting, Friday, June 19, from 10 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20.

WHY: Crews will be performing bridge work.

 

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

Scheduled for the Week of June 21 - 27, 2015

 

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 for preservation/maintenance work or routine annual inspections. Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closure.

The eastbound span may be closed Monday through Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning and Saturday from 11 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 westbound 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.

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 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

June 17, 2015

 

**CANCELED**

(This will not be rescheduled. It was determined that work around that particular bridge over I-695 won't be necessary.)

WORK TO RESULT IN TEMPORARY OVERNIGHT CLOSURE OF I-695 INNER LOOP IN NORTHEAST BALTIMORE THIS MONDAY

 

WHAT: All lanes of eastbound I-695 (INNER LOOP) at I-95 (Exit 33) will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to northbound I-95 (Exit 33), to eastbound MD 43 (Exit 67, White Marsh Boulevard), to eastbound MD 7, to westbound MD 43, to southbound I-95, to eastbound I-695 (Exit 64).

WHEN: Weather permitting, all lanes of eastbound I-695 (INNER LOOP) at I-95 (Exit 33) will be closed on Monday, June 22, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning. In the event of inclement weather or other variables, work also may be performed Tuesday, June 23.

WHY: Crews will be performing bridge work.

 

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

June 15, 2015                                                                                              CatonSign

 

MAJOR DELAYS EXPECTED AS I-95 WORK
ENTERS NEXT PHASE


24/7 Northbound Left-Lane Closure & Several Ramp Closures Begin in Late June

#i95bmore

 

WHAT: MAJOR DELAYS EXPECTED: The left lane on northbound I-95 between Exit 50 (Caton Avenue) and Exit 52 (Russell Street) will be continuously closed (24/7) for two months. The remaining three northbound I-95 traffic lanes will shift to the left in this area. To exit at Russell Street, motorists should follow signs to use Exit 50 (Caton Avenue), keep left on the ramp, continue to northbound I-95, and exit at Russell Street. In addition, Exit 51 (Washington Boulevard) will be closed 24/7 for about two weeks. The detour route will direct motorists to Russell Street (via Exit 50), to Annapolis Road, to South Monroe Street, to Washington Boulevard.

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Northbound I-95

Also on northbound I-95, the ramp to Exit 55 (Key Highway) will be closed 24/7 for about three weeks. The detour route will direct motorists to Exit 54 (Hanover Street), to West Dickman Street, to Cromwell Street, to East McComas Street, to Key Highway.

Southbound I-95 traffic lanes will shift with all four lanes to the left from the Fort McHenry Tunnel to Hanover Street. The ramp from Key Highway to southbound I-95 will be closed 24/7 for about one month. The detour route will direct motorists to East McComas Street, to Hanover Street, to southbound I-95.

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Southbound I-95

WHEN: Weather permitting, the southbound I-95 traffic shift and Key Highway on-ramp closure will be in effect by Friday, June 19, for approximately one month.

Weather permitting, the northbound I-95 left lane closure and the Russell Street access via Exit 50 will be in effect by Saturday, June 20, for approximately two months.

Weather permitting, the northbound I-95 traffic shift and the Exit 51 closure will be in effect by Saturday, June 20, for approximately two weeks.

Weather permitting, the northbound I-95 Exit 55 closure will be in effect by Sunday, June 21, for approximately three weeks.

WHY: Toll Dollars At Work: The new traffic patterns and lane/ramp closures are part of the Maryland Transportation Authority's (MDTA) two-year, $64 million project to remove and replace the existing concrete deck (riding) surface and roadway joints on mainline I-95 and ramps in Baltimore City.

REMINDERS:

  • MAJOR DELAYS ARE EXPECTED.
  • Visit i95bmore.com for maps of alternate routes to Downtown Baltimore.
  • Motorists traveling thru Baltimore City should use I-695/Key Bridge or I-895/Harbor Tunnel.
  • Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) equipment is deployed on northbound I-95 between Exit 50 (Caton Avenue) and the Fort McHenry Tunnel.
  • The work-zone speed limit is 50 mph on northbound and southbound I-95.

For additional project information, visit i95bmore.com. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA or use #i95bmore. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA. The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!!

 

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For Immediate Release

Facility: (I-895) Baltimore Harbor Tunnel

During tunnel closures at the (I-895) Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, drivers may experience 15-20 minute delays while two-way operations (during which one lane of southbound and northbound traffic is directed into the tunnel that remains open) are implemented. Closure times are dependent on traffic volumes.

(I-895) Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Lane Closures for the Week of June 15, 2015

The Southbound Tunnel is scheduled to be closed at 9:00pm on the evenings of June 15 and 16, 2015 for maintenance operations. Re-opening is scheduled to take place at 4:00am on the following morning.

The Northbound Tunnel is scheduled to be closed at 9:00pm on the evenings of June 17 and 18, 2015 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.

Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

Scheduled for the Week of June 14 – 20, 2015

 

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 for preservation/maintenance work or routine annual inspections.  Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closure.

The eastbound span may be closed Monday through Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning and Saturday from 11 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 westbound 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.  

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 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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