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Date: Oct 7, 2016

Oct. 7, 2016

 

MARYLAND FLEET WEEK & AIR SHOW TO BRING ADDED TRAFFIC TO

I-95/I-395 IN BALTIMORE

Motorists Urged To Plan Ahead & Allow Additional Travel Time

BALTIMORE, MD - As the City of Baltimore gears up for the Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists to anticipate delays, plan ahead and Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt.

The Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show will take place Monday, Oct. 10, through Monday, Oct. 17. Throughout the week, event-related traffic may result in delays at the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) and along the I-95/I-395 corridor. The heaviest traffic volumes in the area are expected on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Motorists are urged to take the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) if their destinations are north or south of Baltimore. If heading into the city, consider alternate routes such as I-83 or US 40, and from I-95, O'Donnell/Boston Street (Exit 57), Eastern Avenue (Exit 59) or Caton Avenue (Exit 50) to Wilkens Avenue. Note: The Baltimore Running Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, and may affect travelers utilizing the Key Highway (Exit 55), O'Donnell/Boston Street and Eastern Avenue exits.

Per the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, no commercial vehicles will be permitted in the Downtown/Inner Harbor areas from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Vehicles cannot stop or park on I-95/I-395 shoulders.

The MDTA offers the following tips to plan ahead:

  • For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.
  • To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
  • For information on the Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show, visit mdfleetweek.com.
  • Consider public transportation - Light Rail, Metro Subway and Local Bus provide transit options. Visit mta.maryland.gov for more information.

Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA's priority. The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles. The MDTA will lift non-emergency and construction-related lane closures on I-95 south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Thursday, Oct. 13, through Sunday, Oct. 16.

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

  • Do not park along highway shoulders or stop on bridges to watch the events or ships.
  • Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.
  • In the event of a property damage crash, Move It - move vehicles onto a shoulder to exchange information.
  • Move Over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  • Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  • Always Wear Your Seat Belt: Seat belts are your best defense in a crash. Buckle up ... that includes your children and other passengers in front and rear seats.
  • Devote your full attention to driving - it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
  • Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.
  • Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.

The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity. Citizens may report suspicious or unusual activity by calling 1-800-429-TIPS (8477). The TIPS hotline is staffed 24/7 by members of the Maryland Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes the MDTA Police.

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.

 

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Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

Scheduled for the Week of Oct. 9 – 15, 2016

 

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 Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, 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 or routine annual inspections.  Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closures.

One lane of the eastbound span may be closed Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for preservation/maintenance work.  Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span.

When daytime two-way traffic is in effect on the westbound span, toll lanes 1 through 5, on the left side of the toll plaza, will be directed into contra-flow traffic on the westbound span.  Motorists wishing to use an E-ZPass® Only lane to access the eastbound span should use toll lanes 6 or 9.

Monday through Friday, one lane will be closed for approximately 15 minutes for contractor pick-up.

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

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 October 11-13, 2016

The Southbound Tunnel is scheduled to be closed at 9:00pm on the evenings of October 11 and 13, 2016, 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 evening of October 12, 2016, 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.