Southbound I-95 shut down due to crash

CrashUPDATE: Four pediatric patients and three adults have been transported to a nearby trauma center in serious condition.

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Crews are on the scene of a Tuesday night crash along Interstate 95.

The crash was reported at about 8:45 p.m.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash, one of which was a tractor-trailer.

A total of five ambulances are responding to the scene.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority reports that all lanes of southbound I-95 have been shut down just past the I-695 interchange.

Motorists should expect heavy delays in the area.


Gov. Hogan adds $890M to extend I-95 Express Toll Lanes into Harford County

I-95 Express Toll Lane ETLBALTIMORE, MD – The Hogan Administration announced on Friday the investment of an additional $890 million to extend the northbound I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL).

The expanded $1.1 billion project will now provide two ETLs for more than 10 miles from north of MD 43 in Baltimore County to north of MD 24 in Harford County. Governor Larry Hogan initially announced the ETL northbound extension project in December 2017 as part of his Baltimore Traffic Relief Plan.

“These important traffic relief initiatives will benefit Marylanders throughout the Baltimore region by giving drivers a safer and more efficient commute,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration remains committed to transforming our state’s transportation infrastructure, and extending the express lanes is another example of our ongoing progress.”

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will begin the expanded $1.1 billion project in early 2019.

“The I-95 ETLs north of Baltimore have been very successful, and I’m pleased we are able to deliver even more traffic relief,” said Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman Pete K. Rahn.

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The I-95 interchanges at MD 152 and MD 24 also will be reconstructed to provide access from the northbound ETL. Reconstruction of the MD 152 interchange includes associated park-and-ride. Reconstruction of the MD 24 interchange includes a two-lane flyover ramp toward Bel Air, alleviating congestion for motorists exiting I-95 to MD 24 and MD 924.

“Adding two express toll lanes in the northbound direction will provide better service for our customers, reduce congestion and crashes, improve safety and allow for better incident management and maintenance activities,” said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut.

As part of the project, there will be significant bridge improvements, such as the reconstruction of the Raphel Road, Bradshaw Road, Old Joppa Road and Clayton Road overpasses to accommodate the larger area needed for the ETLs. Additionally, the I-95 northbound bridges over the Big Gunpowder Falls, Little Gunpowder Falls and Winters Run will be widened and improved. Delivering on the community’s requests during the project planning process, MDTA will place five new noise walls along the corridor on both sides of I-95.

The original $210 million project was slated to provide a 7.75 mile, single-lane extension from north of MD 43 to MD 24. Public meetings were held in February 2018.


Northbound ETL lanes along I-95 in White Marsh shut down due to crash

I-95 Crash 20180527UPDATE: The Maryland Transportation Authority now advises that only the Express Toll Lanes are currently blocked along northbound I-95.

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Crews are on the scene of a serious, Sunday night crash in White Marsh.

The crash was reported along northbound Interstate 95 at about 8:45 p.m.

Three vehicles were involved in the collision.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says that all northbound lanes of I-95 are shut down just prior to the White Marsh Boulevard exit.

Motorists should avoid the area.


Governor Hogan eliminates up-front E-ZPass transponder fee

E-ZPass MarylandANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) would permanently eliminate the up-front $7.50 E-ZPass Maryland transponder fee for all new customers, putting $46 million back into Marylanders’ wallets over the next five years. In 2015, the governor also announced major toll rollbacks across the state, resulting in $270 million in savings for our citizens.

“Today, we continue moving forward with a commitment to provide relief for Maryland taxpayers by putting an additional $46 million back into the pockets of hardworking middle class families, retirees, and small businesses – and back into our growing economy,” said Governor Hogan. “Three years ago I stood here at this very spot and began a statewide toll cut that started with $270 million – the first time tolls had been cut in Maryland in 50 years – and with today’s transponder fee elimination, we have now cut taxes, tolls, and fees by over $1.2 billion in the last four years.”

Free transponders eliminate $6 million in fees and provide new E-ZPass Maryland customers $40 million in toll discounts over the next five years.

Customers using E-ZPass Maryland save 25 percent or more on Maryland tolls. At the Bay Bridge, the savings increases to 37.5 percent, or $2.50 for an E-ZPass customer versus $4.00 using cash.

In addition, the MDTA will replace nearly 400,000 aged transponders that are currently in circulation at no cost to customers. Anyone who bought a transponder in 2018 will be issued a credit of $7.50 as long as the account is registered and in good standing. Customers who bought a transponder this calendar year will see the $7.50 credit on their accounts in the next several weeks.

“It’s never been a better time to become an E-ZPass Maryland customer,” said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. “Current cash and video tolling customers can now get a free transponder and save time and money with the substantial discount that E-ZPass Maryland offers.”

Additional E-ZPass benefits include an enhanced customer experience at toll plazas, time savings when traveling, improved air quality by lowering emissions, and by far, the most efficient toll payment method. The 2015 Toll Roll Back Plan also eliminated the $1.50 monthly account maintenance fee, and in February 2018, the MDTA unveiled its new E-ZPass Maryland mobile website, providing customers with an easier and more-convenient way to access to their accounts via ezpassmd.com.

Financed solely by toll revenue, the MDTA is the state agency that finances, owns, operates, and maintains the state’s eight toll facilities.

Fuel spill causes congestion along I-95 in White Marsh

Fuel Spill White Marsh 20180510Crews are on the scene of a Thursday morning fuel spill in White Marsh.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says that the spill occurred along southbound Interstate 95 just prior to the beltway at about 10 a.m.

At least one lane of southbound I-95 is blocked for fuel spill cleanup.

Congestion begins at White Marsh Boulevard and continues down to I-695.

Motorists should expect delays in the area.