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MARYLAND FLEET WEEK & AIR SHOW TO BRING ADDED TRAFFIC TO I-95/I-395 IN BALTIMORE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 1, 2018

 

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 Wednesday, Oct. 3, through Tuesday, Oct. 9.  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. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7.  Vehicles are prohibited from stopping or parking on I-95/I-395 shoulders.

 

Motorists are urged to take the Baltimore Beltway (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. 

 

Permit loads requiring law enforcement escorts will be restricted from moving into or out of Baltimore City from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, through

6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.  Emergency moves will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

The MDTA offers the following tips to plan ahead:

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  • 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 Exit 55 (Key Highway) from 5 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, through 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8.

Construction Reminders:

  • I-95 improvement project north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel continues.  Current traffic pattern features small or no shoulders through the work zone.  All lanes are open in both directions.
  • I-695 Curtis Creek Drawbridge Preservation Project has a traffic pattern featuring two-way traffic (one adjacent lane in each direction) 24/7 south of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.
  • I-895 Patapsco River Flats bridge deck and superstructure replacement continues.  Current traffic pattern features two-way traffic (one adjacent lane in each direction) 24/7 on I-895 across the Patapsco Flats bridge near the Baltimore/Washington Parkway. 

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.
  • Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
  • Buckle Up!  Every Seat.  Every Time.
  • 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.
  • Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.
  • Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  • Do not tailgate – 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.                                 

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.image002

 

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