WMVFC responds to Dick’s, I-95; car crashes into Middle River liquor store

White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company WMVFCThree Saturday afternoon incidents have drawn an emergency response in the White Marsh and Middle River areas.

At just before 1:30 p.m., emergency crews responded to the area of Compass Road at Martin Boulevard in Middle River (21220).  There, a car had left the roadway and plowed into the front of Beer Pump Wine and Spirits.  No injuries were reported.

At just before 2 p.m., the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company responded to the Dick’s sporting goods store on Campbell Boulevard in White Marsh for a report of a burning smell.  At the scene, crews found that a belt had burned up in the store’s HVAC unit.  No injuries were reported.

At just after 2 p.m., the crews from WMVFC responded to an accident along northbound Interstate 95. An exact location was not given, nor was there any update on injuries.

I-95 Express Toll Lanes to be extended past White Marsh

I-95Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced $461 million in new traffic relief initiatives for the Baltimore region, including adding lanes to 27 miles of highway to alleviate congestion on the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) and Interstate 95.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) are pursuing three innovative design-build projects to achieve the greatest possible amount of peak-hour congestion relief on the Baltimore Beltway and I-95. The $461 million investment brings the administration’s investment in new transportation projects in the Baltimore region to a total of $7 billion.

“The important traffic relief initiatives we are announcing today will benefit the daily lives of millions of drivers throughout the Baltimore region,” said Governor Hogan. “These exciting new projects are the latest addition to our administration’s ongoing and continued efforts to transform transportation infrastructure in and around Baltimore. With the new investments being announced today, our administration has invested a total of $7 billion for new transportation projects in the Baltimore region.”

The projects announced today include:

$151 million for Innovative Congestion Relief on both inner and outer loops of I-695 from I-70 to MD 43, shifting the inside shoulder into a new available lane of traffic. Adaptive ramp metering also will be employed throughout the limits of the project, which is approximately 19 miles.

$100 million for the design and construction of a new configuration of the I-695 and I-70 interchange, often referred to as the “triple bridges.” This will bring significant traffic relief to the entire Baltimore area and directly addresses six of the top 15 congested road segments in the state.

$210 million to extend the northbound I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) for 7.75 miles from north of MD 43 in Baltimore County to MD 24 in Harford County.

In addition to these initiatives, the administration’s $7 billion investment in new transportation projects in the Baltimore region includes nearly $3.9 billion in new MDOT SHA and MDTA projects and a further $1.7 billion for the MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA). This funding represents a number of significant projects such as the widening of the I-695 Outer Loop from US 40 to MD 144; adding a fourth lane on I-95, north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel between the tunnel and Moravia Road; widening MD 32 from MD 108 to I-70; and reconstructing the interchange at MD 175 and MD 295.

On the transit side, MDOT MTA is giving more Marylanders access to high frequency transit and better connections to jobs with the $135 million BaltimoreLink bus system launched in June, and by revitalizing the entire North Avenue Corridor with the $27 million North Avenue Rising project, which the governor launched along with Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh in October.

The Hogan administration is also working with federal partners to bring historic projects to the region. In September, the governor announced a transformative $1.4 billion project to add four new lanes to the entire length of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD 295), from Baltimore City to Washington, D.C. The administration is currently in high-level negotiations with the United States Department of the Interior to transfer ownership of the B-W Parkway to MDTA. In November, the administration also applied for a federal INFRA grant for the $183 million Access I-95: Driving Baltimore City’s Growth project, which would create major economic development benefits for Baltimore City by improving infrastructure and accessibility around Port Covington, leveraging billions of dollars in private investments.

Each of these projects, and dozens of others in Baltimore City and surrounding counties will cut congestion and help improve the quality of life for Marylanders who live and work in the Baltimore area.

Joining the governor was MDOT Secretary Pete K. Rahn, MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut and MDOT State Highway Administrator Greg Slater, as well as elected officials and community and business representatives from throughout the Baltimore region.

“Using practical design and innovation, Maryland is laser focused on delivering the best transportation network in the nation,” said Secretary Rahn.

“We have an unprecedented number of projects getting executed across Maryland, and I am excited to build on our previous announcements with real solutions for the Baltimore Beltway,” said Administrator Slater.

“MDTA’s ETL have already demonstrated their benefits to customers using those lanes and to customers using the general non-tolled lanes,” said Executive Director Reigrut. “This project will enhance our efforts to provide a safe and reliable drive for our customers.”

The Baltimore traffic relief initiatives announced today are the latest effort by the Hogan administration to bring common sense transportation solutions to Maryland, and complement the administration’s recently announced plan to add four new lanes to I-270 and I-495 via a $7.6 billion Public Private Partnership (P3), the largest highway P3 in North America.

The Hogan administration’s statewide Traffic Relief Plan is critical to spurring increased economic development and restoring quality of life for countless Marylanders who have been negatively affected by years of traffic congestion, both in the Baltimore City and Washington, D.C. metro areas.

Maryland has the second-longest commuting times in the country, and the National Capital Region is the most congested region in the nation based on annual delay and congestion cost per auto-commuter.

The statewide cost of congestion based on auto delay, truck delay, and wasted fuel and emissions was estimated at $2 billion in 2015, an increase of 22 percent from 2013. More than 98 percent of the weekday congestion cost was incurred in the Baltimore/Washington region.

Det. Sean Suiter’s funeral procession to impact Wednesday traffic

Road ClosedThe Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) are working together with local law enforcement agencies to support logistics for the funeral and procession of fallen Baltimore City Detective Sean Suiter.

Motorists should expect major midday delays on Wednesday, November 29.

The procession is expected to depart Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries on Radecke Avenue in Baltimore between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., depending on the length of the service.

At that time, ALL mainlines of northbound I-95 will be closed, as well as access from northbound I-895 (Harbor Tunnel Thruway) and Moravia Road. Motorists will be diverted into the northbound I-95 Express Toll Lanes (tolls waived.) Northbound I-95 traffic will have the option to exit at MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) or continue back onto mainline northbound I-95. As the procession passes, I-95 and I-895 will re-open to motorists and tolls will again for in force on the tolled lanes.

The procession, which may involve thousands of police officers, will then move to the outer loop of I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) to northbound I-83 (Baltimore-Harrisburg Expressway) to Padonia Road to Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Officer Suiter’s final resting place. Access from ramps onto the outer loop of I-695 will be closed, including from southbound I-95. These access points will be closed in a rolling fashion. As the last of the procession passes, ramps will reopen to motorists.

Motorists should avoid northbound I-95 and I-895, as well as southbound I-95 approaching I-695 on the northeast corner. Additionally, drivers should expect major delays on the outer loop of I-695 between I-95 and I-83 and I-83 between I-695 and Padonia Road between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Motorists should also expect delays on Monday and Tuesday, November 27 and November 28 between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the MD 26 (Liberty Road) corridor between Brenbrook Road and I-695 near the Vaughn Greene Funeral Home in Randallstown. Members of law enforcement and the community are expected to visit the funeral home to pay respects for the fallen officer. MDOT SHA team members are assisting with traffic control in the area.

To view real-time traffic conditions and access to live traffic cameras, log onto www.md511.org.


Car-carrier fire causes 3-mile backup along I-95

A car-carrier tractor-trailer fire was causing heavy delays along Interstate 95 in Rosedale on Thursday night.

The fire broke out at just after 5 p.m. in the Express Toll lanes along northbound I-95.l near Route 40.

The ETLs are closed and the two left lanes of mainline northbound I-95 remain blocked for fire response.

Traffic is backed up for approximately three miles along the route.

Hazmat crews are on the scene, as are crews from the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Motorists should avoid the area.