FOURTH OF JULY TRAVEL INFORMATION
FOR MARYLAND'S TOLL FACILITIES
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.
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!