Maryland moves another slow step toward getting new Nice Bridge on Lower Potomac, but it’s a near-20 year processBy Peter Samuel 9 days ago
2013-11-25: Maryland Transportation (Toll) Authority (MdTA) has approved the next move on the long slow journey to a replacement of a bridge built in the term of one Governor Harry Nice (1936-40.) They have committed some $56m over five years to buying the right-of-way and getting design work done. There’s no commitment to actual construction yet.
Bruce W Gartner is the new executive secretary of MdTA, the Maryland state toller. In an announcement this morning MdTA chair and state secretary of transportation James T Smith says of Gartner who has been acting in the job since June: “He never hesitates to roll up his sleeces, put in long hours and get the job done.
Maryland's Inter County Connector MD200 has solid 40k ADT traffic, $40m/year tolls after two years operation
2013-10-24: Maryland's Inter County Connector saw strong growth in traffic in the spring this year achieving solid 40,000 vehicles/weekday patronage over three of five segments with overall traffic at 187,000/weekday adding transactions in all five segments or 37,000 average weekday numbers per segment. May thru' August the numbers haven't substantially changed, but compared with same-month-a-year-back the traffic is up a solid 20% to 25%.
There have been two nasty crashes just days apart on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge. In the first crash last Friday a 22 year old woman driving a Chrysler survived an amazing sideswipe with a tractor trailer that sent her car over the railing and into the Bay. Miraculously she managed to get out of her vehicle floating in the Bay and swim to rocks a short distance away - from where she was rescued. She was taken by helicopter to a Trauma center in Baltimore but was discharged the next day.
2013-07-11: Acting chief of the Maryland (Toll) Authority (MdTA) Bruce Gartner says they now have the legal "teeth" needed to begin collecting tolls, fees and penalties owing by motorists who buzz through open road or dedicated E-Zpass toll lanes and ignore bills. The teeth come in the form of the power under HB420 to get the offender's vehicle registration suspended.
2013-06-27: Maryland officials are in full voice citing the success of Maryland's MD200 Inter County Connector (ICC) tollroad following release this week of before-&-after travel times studies. The tollroad in the northern part of the Washington DC metro area which opened November 2011 provides spectacular time-savings as compared with trips made before the construction, and its opening has benefited those remaining on local streets.
New traffic data for the Washington area Inter County Connector MD200 tollroad shows traffic running about a third higher than a year ago. April traffic at 35,500 vehicles per segment workdays was up 34% over 26,400 of the same month last year. And the first four months of this year were up 32% over the same four months last year.
2013-06-05: Maryland toll rates are going up by a third July 1, in the second stage of a two-stage set of hikes approved by the MdTA board September 22, 2011. Tolls were previously raised November 1 2011, but before that had been frozen for over a decade. Maryland E-ZPass rates for the Baltimore Harbor Crossings (I-95 Fort McHenry Tunnel, I-895 Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and I-695 Francis Scott Key Bridge) will be $3.60 vs $2.70 now.
Maryland brings law into line with video toll practice - notice of toll due first, citation when unpaid
Maryland's general assembly has passed HB420, a bill bringing state law into line with video toll practice. And it gives the state toll authority (Maryland Transportation Authority or MdTA) the power to adopt reciprocal agreements with other states to collect out-of-state video tolls. HB420 was supported by MdTA and the governor is expected to sign it into law. It would go into effect July 1.
Maryland's State Highway Administration has another small stage of the MD200, Intercounty Connector (ICC) tollroad well under way. And the project has got the attention of the Washington Post because of a few complaints about construction related traffic delays. An $89m contract with a Shirley, Clark, Facchina & Trumbull joint venture is extending the tollroad just 0.9 miles east of its present end at I-95 to US1 in Laurel.