Multi-Vehicle Crash Closes I-95 South Tunnel


-photo courtesy of MDTA Twitter-

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reported a crash on southbound I-95 right tube at Ft McHenry Tunnel on Tuesday around 1 p.m.

Both tubes of the tunnels were closed for cleanup for a few hours.

MDTA reported a multi-vehicle crash and a fuel spill as result of the crash.

The left tube reopened around 3:30 on Tuesday. Backups could be seen from O’Donnell Street.

Rollover Crash Involving Mega Bus Reported on I-95


-photo courtesy of Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company-

Baltimore County Fire Department reported a major incident on southbound Interstate 95 this morning as a bus ran off the side of the road into a ditch.

This bus was described as a “Mega Bus.”

The accident was reported between the Bradshaw and Raphel overpasses in White Marsh area.

The call came in on May 22 at 7:16 a.m.

There are initial reports are 27 patients with non-life threatening injuries.

Expect major delays on I-95 this morning.

Portions of Taylor Ave to Close Overnight


County Councilman David Marks reported that Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works will close two blocks of Taylor Avenue between Perring Parkway and Oakleigh Road in Parkville from May 22 through June 26.

According to Marks, crews will work nights, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sundays through Thursdays. Traffic detours will be posted.

“This construction is part of Baltimore County’s East Branch Herring Run Relief Sewer project, a $16 million investment consisting of 11,000 feet of new pipe and two tunnels,” Marks said.

Motorists Rescue Driver From I-95 Crash


-photo courtesy of Baltimore County Fire Department-

Baltimore County Fire Department reported that several civilians helped with a rescue after a vehicle was on fire after a crash on I-95 this morning.

The crash was reported on May 20 before 10 a.m. on southbound I-95 in Rosedale.
According to Baltimore County, motorists stopped to help remove the driver from the crash.

The driver escaped with non life-threatening injuries.

The Maryland Department of Environment, the Baltimore County Fire Department and other agencies worked on the clean up.

There were major delays during the morning commute on Friday.

Alternate Route Around Baltimore Tunnel


When traveling through Baltimore,  motorists must travel through a harbor crossing to get to the other side of town. There are three crossings that have a toll and two routes that are free that go around the City of Baltimore. This will also provide RVs an alternate route around the two Baltimore tunnels

First Option (I-95) Fort McHenry Tunnel

The is the most direct crossing and shortest distance to get from the other side of town is I-95. The distance between I-95 & I-695 western interchange and the I-95 eastern interchange is under 15 miles. This route will have motorists stay on I-95 and go through the I-95 Fort McHenry Tunnel (FMT). The tolls for the FMT is $3 with EZ-Pass and $6 non-EZ-Pass.  Tolling is all electronic and cashless.

According to the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) website, “Vehicles carrying bottled propane gas in excess of 10 pounds per container (maximum of 10 containers), bulk gasoline, explosives, significant amounts of radioactive materials, and other hazardous materials are prohibited from using both the Fort McHenry Tunnel. It is a four tubes with eight lanes (four northbound and four southbound)

Second Option (I-895) Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (BHT)

Motorists traveling on I-95 northbound can take the northbound entrance exit for I-895 at I-95 exit 62 and can take the southbound entrance exit I-95 at 46. I-895 is a through way and does not have any exits until after the BHT. I-895 is 14.87 miles long. There is an I-895/I-695 interchange on the west side of Baltimore, but the roads do not intersect on the eastside of Baltimore. Motorists will eventually reconnect to I-95 when I-895 ends.

The tolls for the BHT is $3 with EZ-Pass and $6 non-EZ-Pass.  Tolling is all electronic and cashless.

According to the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) website, “ Vehicles carrying bottled propane gas in excess of 10 pounds per container (maximum of 10 containers), bulk gasoline, explosives, significant amounts of radioactive materials, and other hazardous materials are prohibited from using both the Fort McHenry and Baltimore Harbor Tunnels. In addition, vehicles in excess of 13 feet, 6 inches, in height, or 96 inches (8 feet) in width; and all double trailers are prohibited from using the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel.”

This tunnel is smaller as it is only contains two tubes with four lanes (two northbound and two southbound). There is sometimes head-on traffic at night as I-895 shuts down one tube during construction.

Third Option (I-695 south) Key Bridge

This is the first alternate route if a motorists can’t use one of the tunnels, such as an RV.

According to the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) website, “Vehicles carrying Class 1 explosives and radioactive materials require an escort at the Francis Scott Key Bridge. For additional information regarding these restrictions, please call 410-537-1374.” There are also possible wind restrictions.

It is four lanes (two northbound and two southbound). The distance between I-95 & I-695 western interchange and the I-95&-1-695 eastern interchange is around 23 miles when using the southern portion of I-695.

The tolls for the Key Bridge is the same as the tunnels: $3 with EZ-Pass and $6 non-EZ-Pass.  Tolling is all electronic and cashless.

Fourth Option (I-695 north )

An alternate route that avoids, tunnels, bridges and tolls is the northern portion of I-695. Motorists traveling south or north bound I-95 and exit to I-695 north toward Towson. There are no restrictions on the northern portion of the Beltway and no tolls.

The catch is the distance between I-95 & I-695 western interchange and the I-95&-1-695 eastern interchange is over 27 miles when using the northern portion of I-695.

Fifth Option (U.S. 40) Baltimore City

Another alternate route that avoids, tunnels, bridges and tolls is U.S. 40. Motorists traveling I-95 South can exit to I-695 south to U.S. 40 about one mile later and get off at the U.S. 40 West exit. Motorist on the west side can exit to I-695 north to U.S. 40, which is about 4.5 miles. Then motorists will take U.S. 40 east towards Baltimore City. The mileage between I-695 & U.S. 40 on the eastside to I-695& U.S. 40 on the west side is 14.5 miles, but the trip is more time consuming with more traffic and stop lights.

 

Speed Enforcement Added to I-95 in White Marsh


In coordination with the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and Maryland State Police (MSP) Maryland SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will deploy ASE equipment for construction activities on I-95 in White Marsh.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 20, ASE equipment will be deployed on northbound I-95 near mile marker No. 67.5. The equipment will be used to deter speeding in the work zones currently in place along this stretch of I-95. Advance warning signs are in place prior to the work zone to alert drivers of automated speed enforcement use and a “speed trailer” will be on site to display drivers’ speeds.

After a 21-day warning period, the MSP will authorize citations starting Monday, January 10. By law, if a vehicle is recorded traveling at a specified rate or more over the posted speed limit – the posted speed is 65 mph at this location – a $40 fine will be issued to the registered owner of the vehicle.
Maryland SafeZones’ goal is to slow drivers and make work zones safer environments for work crews, drivers and passengers. Even when workers are not present, work zones can be dangerous due to uneven pavement, lane shifts, reduced shoulders and other modifications. For more information on the program, visit safezones.maryland.gov.

The current work is part of the MDTA’s $1.1 billion I-95 Express Toll Lanes Northbound Extension program to relieve congestion and improve travel along the I-95 Corridor into Harford County. Construction began in May 2021 on the major project to widen northbound I-95 between MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) and MD 152 (Mountain Road) to make way for the ETL extension, which is expected to open to traffic by 2024 to MD 152, with the full extension to north of MD 24 open to traffic by 2027.

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Joppa Road Bridge in Perry Hall Now Open


-photo by Ben Boehl-

Councilman David Marks has reported that the Joppa Road Bridge near Honeygo Elementary has finally opened. The road is now accessible between Honeygo Boulevard and Snyder Lane in Perry Hall.

Baltimore County announced in January that it has closed the small bridge on East Joppa Road (over Honeygo Run) in order to make emergency repairs.

The delays continued into the spring and summer as bridge parts were hard to repair since the bridge was built in the 1940s.

I-95 ETL Northbound Extension Update


The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has embarked on a $1.1 billion program to relieve congestion and improve travel along the I-95 corridor into northern Baltimore and Harford Counties.

Currently, the MDTA has five active projects including replacing Clayton Road overpass, noise wall construction along the southbound roadway north of New Forge Road and northbound mainline construction, which will add two Express Toll Lanes (ETL) to the existing four general purpose lanes between MD 43 and MD 152.

Reconstruction of the Interchange at I-95 and MD 152
The next construction project beginning shortly is the reconstruction of the I-95/MD 152 interchange and northbound roadway to accommodate two ETL from south of MD 152 to south of MD 24. Work associated with the interchange will require Old Mountain Road and the existing MD 152 Park and Ride lot to close.

MD 152 Park and Ride Lot to Close
The lot will close on or about December 15, as reconstruction of the I-95/MD 152 interchange begins. To accommodate the existing park and ride users, the MDTA opened a new Park and Ride lot at the intersection of MD 924 and Woodsdale Road, adjacent to the I-95 interchange at MD 24/MD 924 in the Abingdon area of Harford County. The MDTA encourages users of the MD 152 Park and Ride lot to utilize this new facility. Advanced signage has been installed to direct users to the new Park and Ride lot. It will serve the existing MD 152 Park and Ride customers until a new Park and Ride at MD 152 is completed in late 2025. For directions to the new lot please view the MD 24/MD 924 Park and Ride project sheet.

The ETL Northbound Extension will be completed in multiple segments and is expected to open to traffic in 2024 through MD 152 and in 2027 through MD 24. For more information, visit mdta.Maryland.gov/I95ETLNB/home.html

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The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt.

Construction to begin at Carroll Island Rd. in Middle River


Councilwoman Cathy Bevins released a statement about a construction project near Carroll Island Road and Eastern Boulevard in Chase that cause delays starting next week

“A Baltimore County contractor will be replacing a large-diameter storm drain pipe under Carroll Island Road starting on December 6. Crews will be working about 500 feet from the intersection of Carroll Island Road and Eastern Boulevard until the end of the month, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday,” Bevins said.

“In order to replace the pipe, some lanes will be intermittently closed. Drivers should expect some delays.”

Two Pedestrians Struck on I-95 in White Marsh


-photo by White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company-

A pedestrian crash shutdown I-95 South before White Marsh on Monday evening.

The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company reported that two of its engines responded to southbound I-95 just below New Forge Road in White Marsh for two pedestrians that were struck by a vehicle.

This is around mile marker 69.3 between New Forge Road and White Marsh Boulevard.

A medevac from Maryland State Police has transported one of the two patients to a trauma center.

The accident was reported on Nov. 15 around 4 p.m.