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Bay Bridge Traffic Advisories

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. 22, 2013

Contact:          Cheryl Sparks                                                                 

                         410-537-1017                                                   

                                                                                   

HEAVY LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAFFIC

ANTICIPATED AT MDTA TOLL FACILITIES

 

BALTIMORE, MD -- As summer comes to an unofficial close, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the nearly 1.8 million motorists anticipated to travel its facilities over the Labor Day holiday weekend to plan ahead; travel off-peak; and Drive Smart.  Arrive Safe.  This total represents a one percent increase in traffic volumes compared to last year.

MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, Aug. 30, and Monday, Sept. 2:

  •          William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 333,000.
  •          John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – more than 436,000.
  •          Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95, I-395) – more than 452,000.

An additional 550,000 vehicles are projected to travel the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) combined.  All totals represent traffic in both directions.

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

·         Travel off-peak when heading to and from beach destinations.  The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include:

  •          Thursday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  •          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.
  •          Labor Day Monday – 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 at the Bay Bridge 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 real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
  •          For current toll rates, visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator.  The cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Bay Bridge is $6.

Those traveling in or around Downtown Baltimore should note that the Baltimore Grand Prix will bring additional traffic to the area Friday through Sunday and may result in major delays on I-95 during peak travel periods.  Motorists whose destinations are north or south of the city are urged to use I-895 or I-695 to avoid Downtown traffic.  Portions of I-395 will be closed between Wednesday, Aug. 28 and Tuesday, Sept. 3.  Consider public transportation – Light Rail, Metro Subway and Local Bus provide transit options.  Visit mta.maryland.gov for more information.

Reminder:  The Maryland House travel plaza along the JFK Highway is closed for redevelopment and is expected to reopen fall/winter 2013.  The Chesapeake House remains open for fuel and food services.

Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA’s priority.  The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity.  The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles. 

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

  •          Pay attention to new 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-control signals.
  •          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.
  •          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”-- one disabled vehicle can cause extensive backups.
  •          If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  •          Move-over when passing an emergency situation.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  •          The MDTA Police will continue to enhance highway safety and target aggressive drivers during the fourth wave of the Smooth Operator Program from Sept. 1 through Sept. 7.  

The MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

In accordance with the State’s budget-reduction plan, MDTA offices will be closed on Friday, Aug. 30, including the E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center.  Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824 to sign up for E-ZPass, update account information or make payments via credit card.  Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

 

The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.  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 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 16, 2013

Facility: Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Bay Bridge (US 50/301) Lane Closures
and Traffic Patterns
Scheduled for the
Week of August 18 - 24, 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 Thursday from 10 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.  Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closures.

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

One lane of the westbound span may be closed Tuesday and 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 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.

Bay Bridge (US 50/301)

Lane Closures and Traffic Patterns

Scheduled for the Week of August 11 - 17, 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

 

Two lanes of the westbound span may be closed Monday and Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning for preservation/maintenance work. 

One lane of the eastbound span may be closed Monday and Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning for preservation/maintenance work.

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. 

The westbound span may be closed Wednesday and Thursday from 10 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.  Two-way traffic will operate on the eastbound span during the full westbound span closures.

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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