4th of JULY 2013
With the summer travel season underway and the July 4th holiday falling on a Thursday this year, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) anticipates heavy traffic volumes on the Bay Bridge Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7.
Weather permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way traffic operations to help alleviate delays.
The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend and throughout the summer months:
· Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include :
- Thursday, 4th of July – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Friday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Saturday – before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
- Sunday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
· Don’t Wing It. Plan Ahead!
- Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.
- Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
- Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.
- Ease your travel with E-ZPass. Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.
- Know Before You Go - call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information. To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
- For toll rates, visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator. The cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Bay Bridge is $6.
· Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 in your travel route to the Eastern Shore.
Reminder: The Maryland House travel plaza along the JFK Highway is closed for redevelopment and is expected to reopen fall/winter 2013. The Chesapeake House remains open for fuel and food services.
For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:
· Pay attention to new lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge westbound span. Lane changes between the westbound left and center lanes are prohibited for the entire span, whether or not two-way operations are in effect.
· Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.
· Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
· Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.
· Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
· Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see.
· Make sure your vehicle is “road ready”-- one disabled vehicle can cause extensive backups.
· If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
· Move-over when passing an emergency situation. If you are unable to move over, slow down.