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Governor Hogan announces funding to advance $100 million I-81 project critical for western Maryland, regional supply chain

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced $100 million in state funding through the Maryland’s Final FY 2023-2028 Consolidated Transportation Program to advance the I-81 Phase 2 project in Washington County into construction. The I-81 Phase 2 project has long been a top priority for Western Maryland and will support economic and job growth, improve safety, ease congestion, and reinforce …


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Maryland State Police to increase patrols over New Year’s Eve weekend

PIKESVILLE, MD—With New Year’s Eve weekend upon us, Maryland State Police are urging those who plan to celebrate with alcohol to be safe and avoid impaired, distracted, and/or aggressive driving. With an increase in impaired drivers expected throughout the state this weekend, state police will be conducting saturation patrols at each of the 23 barracks focusing on impaired, aggressive and …


Governor Hogan announces activation of emergency response operations for winter storm, urges caution for holiday travel

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday announced that the state has activated emergency response operations ahead of the winter storm that is set to enter the region beginning overnight. With the storm expected to create hazardous conditions, state officials are urging Marylanders to closely monitor the forecast and adjust holiday travel plans as necessary, building in extra time in case …

State Highway Administration crews applying salt brine, preparing for statewide winter storm

BALTIMORE, MD—Winter weather is on the way and state officials are preparing Maryland’s roadways. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Baltimore area from late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration crews are performing an anti-icing operations, which involves the use of salt brine and water in preparation for the potential winter …

MVA cuts ribbon on Essex branch expansion

ESSEX, MD—Residents in Essex and surrounding communities will notice something a little different next time they head to their local Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration branch – more space. The newest 3,300 square-foot addition to the Essex branch adds seven service stations with the ability to increase capacity by an additional 700 weekly appointments to meet growing demand. …

Lanes, traffic to shift on westbound Route 40 in Joppa

JOPPA, MD—The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will implement a one-week traffic shift with lane closures on westbound US 40 in Joppa this week. The shift will occur along westbound Pulaski Highway at the intersection of Joppa Farm Road in Harford County beginning Friday, December 2, for concrete pavement work. Weather permitting, the work should be complete by …

MDTA issues ‘last call’ to pay video tolls without penalty, grace period ends Wednesday night

UPDATE: The deadline has been extended. The civil penalty waiver grace period for Video Tolls now ends 11:59 p.m. December 14, 2022. Original story below… ——— BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Transportation Authority is reminding motorists that just one day remains in the Customer Assistance Plan that offers a civil penalty waiver grace period for Video Tolls. The plan has been in …

Pilot, passenger rescued following Montgomery County plane crash

GAITHERSBURG, MD—The pilot and passenger of a single engine plane that crashed into a power line tower in Montgomery County on Sunday evening have been rescued and transported to an area hospital for medical treatment. The pilot has been identified as Patrick Merkle, 66, of Washington, D.C. He was operating a Mooney Mike 20P single engine plane. One passenger on …