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Fall of 2019 Travel Tips

 

The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) offers the following travel tips for the fall season: 

GAME PLAN for your travels. 

  •       For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTAFind us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTATo sign up for email/text alerts or view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.   
  •       Motorists pay the lowest tolls with E-ZPass MarylandE-ZPass transponders are FREE and there’s no $1.50 monthly fee.  Visit ezpassmd.com
  •             Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions or visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras.
  •       Know Before You Go - Check Traffic Advisories for MDTA scheduled construction and maintenance projects.  Visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.  
  •       Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 near Washington D.C. and the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in Baltimore to save travel time.
  •       Hungry?  Need to rest, text or fuel up?  Stop by the Maryland or Chesapeake House Travel Plazas along I-95 in northeast Maryland.

 Extra Points:

  • Bay Bridge roadwork closes the right lane of the westbound span 24/7 from September 30, 2019, to April 2020. No two-way traffic operations. Expect delays in both directions. Details at Baybridge.com.
  • Cashless toll collection will begin in October 2019 at the (I-695) Key Bridge and (US 40) Hatem Bridge. Tolls will be collected via E-ZPass or Video Tolling.
  • I-895 Bridge Project continues north of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. One lane is open in each direction.  Motorists should use I-695/Key Bridge and I-95/Fort McHenry Tunnel as alternate routes. Details at 895bmore.com.

Seasonal Tips:

  • Pedestrians are hard to see with less daylight.  Keep an eye out, as many will be commuting to and from work in darkness.
  • Watch for patches of wet leaves, which present slippery & dangerous driving conditions.
  • When driving in fog, use low beam headlights since the high beam setting creates glare and reduces visibility.
  • As temperatures drop, frost can form on roadways creating hazardous driving conditions, especially on bridges and overpasses.
  • Sun-glare impacts increase this time of the year.  Keep sunglasses handy, use visors and keep the inside of your windshield clean.
  • The risk of deer/vehicle collisions is greatest during autumn and early winter. Two-thirds of these crashes occur in October, November and December. Stay alert.

Wipers On = Headlights On!  Kindly remember our toll collectors and turn off wipers when paying your toll in a staffed lane.

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

  • Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
  • State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency, transportation, service and utility vehicle or tow truck with red, yellow or amber flashing lights.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  • Buckle Up!  Every Seat.  Every Time.
  • Drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs will be stopped, arrested and prosecuted.
  • Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  • Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
  • Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-use signals.
  • Save the tailgating for the stadium - keep a safe following distance.
  • Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  • When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:

•  The location of the emergency;

•  A call-back telephone number; and

•  Details of the incident/disabled vehicle or other circumstances.

On all MDTA bridges, wind warnings and restrictions would be implemented as outlined below*:

  • Wind Warnings (sustained wind speeds of 30-39 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 30 mph over a period of 15 mins) operators of house trailers, box trailers, motorcycles, vehicles with roof-mount racks containing cargo or any other vehicle that may be subject to high winds are advised to use caution while traveling across the bridge.
  • Limited Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds of 40-49 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 40 mph over a period of 15 mins) house trailers, empty box trailers or any vehicle that, in the opinion of law-enforcement personnel, may not safely cross the bridge will be prohibited from traveling the bridge. Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.
  • Full Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds exceeding 50 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 50 mph over a period of 15 mins) only automobiles, pickup trucks, flatbed trailers, commercial buses and heavy-laden tractor/trailers are permitted to cross the bridge. Tractor-box trailer combinations will not be permitted to cross any bridge if the gross weight is less than 64,000 pounds.
  • Traffic Holds/Bridge Closure (sustained wind speeds exceeding 55 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 55 mph over a period of 15 mins) In the event of a sudden increase of sustained wind speeds or wind gusts that could jeopardize life or property, the MDTA may elect to discontinue the movement of all traffic across the bridge.

* When a wind warning, restriction or closure is implemented at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40), no bicycles are permitted.

The MDTA thanks motorists for partnering with us.  Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

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