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Maryland Transportation Officers Provide Thanksgiving Journey Ideas | Newest Information

Maryland Transportation Officers Provide Thanksgiving Journey Ideas | Newest Information

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Maryland Transportation Authority is encouraging motorists to organize for his or her Thanksgiving vacation travels upfront to make sure a easy journey to begin the vacation season.

Touring off-peak will assist decrease delays throughout what will probably be one of many busiest journey weeks of the 12 months. Motorists are requested to guard themselves, their households and different vacationers by prioritizing security and obeying site visitors legal guidelines when behind the wheel.

MDTA reminds drivers that the brand new Governor Harry W. Good Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge (US 301) in Charles County opened to site visitors in October forward of schedule, delivering a wider, safer and higher bridge throughout the Potomac River. The brand new span improves security and options 4 site visitors lanes, two southbound and two northbound, separated by a barrier.

PLAN AHEAD TO AVOID PEAK TRAVEL

The MDTA recommends these journey occasions on the Bay Bridge to keep away from essentially the most congested intervals:

Eastbound:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 22, and Wednesday, Nov. 23 – earlier than 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.;
  • Thursday, Nov. 24 – earlier than 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m.;
  • Friday, Nov. 25 – earlier than 9 a.m. and after 8 p.m.;
  • Saturday, Nov. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 27 – earlier than 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m.; and
  • Monday, Nov. 28 – earlier than midday and after 6 p.m.

Westbound:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 22, and Wednesday, Nov. 23 – earlier than 6 a.m. and after 6 p.m.;
  • Thursday, Nov. 24 – earlier than 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m.;
  • Friday, Nov. 25 – earlier than 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.;
  • Saturday, Nov. 26, and Sunday, November 27 – earlier than 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.; and
  • Monday, Nov. 28 – earlier than 6 a.m. and after 2 p.m.

Climate and site visitors volumes allowing, the MDTA will implement two-way operations to assist alleviate eastbound delays on the Bay Bridge. Two-way operations could also be restricted based mostly on westbound site visitors volumes, as bridge officers attempt to mitigate delays on each side of the bridge. Two-way operations are prohibited throughout bridge wind warnings/restrictions, fog/restricted visibility, or occasions of precipitation and could also be prohibited throughout incidents. Be taught extra about two-way operations right here.

Maryland Transportation Officers Provide Thanksgiving Journey Ideas | Newest Information

For these touring I-95, the perfect occasions to journey embody:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 23 – earlier than 6 a.m. and after 10 p.m.;
  • Thursday, Nov. 24 – earlier than 7 a.m. and after 4 p.m.;
  • Friday, Nov. 25 – earlier than 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m.;
  • Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27 – earlier than 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m.; and
  • Monday, Nov. 28 – earlier than 6 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

The I-95 journey plazas – Chesapeake Home in Cecil County at mile marker 97 and Maryland Home in Harford County at mile marker 82 – are open 24/7 with meals, gasoline and electrical car charging stations out there.

For real-time updates on main incidents on Maryland toll roads observe us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. For 24/7 Bay Bridge site visitors data name 1-877-BAYSPAN (1-877-229-7726) or go to Baybridge.com. Join e-mail/textual content alerts at https://bit.ly/2Dh9EZn

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With Maryland being an all-electronic tolling state, the MDTA can also be reminding vacationers that tolls are paid electronically by way of E-ZPass, Pay-By-Plate or Video Tolling. E-ZPass stays essentially the most cost-effective strategy to journey toll roads in Maryland, saving drivers as much as 77% versus the upper charges and extra paperwork that include Video Tolls.

With Pay-By-Plate, tolls are billed to the motive force’s registered bank card as they use Maryland toll amenities, without having for a transponder or pre-paid toll deposit. Pay-By-Plate charges are the identical as former money charges. Be taught extra and enroll in E-ZPass or join Pay-By-Plate at https://www.driveezmd.com/acct-types/. If utilizing a rental car over the vacation, you possibly can add car data briefly to an E-ZPass or Pay-By-Plate account. In any other case, make sure you alert the rental automobile firm earlier than touring a route that features a toll facility.

Video Tolling clients have a chance to save lots of 15% (most of $5 per transaction) by paying their Video Tolls earlier than the discover is mailed.

DriveEzMD E-ZPass Maryland Buyer Service Facilities will probably be closed Thursday, Nov. 24. Go to DriveEzMD.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824 for twenty-four/7 account upkeep or to make funds.

MDTA additionally reminds clients that its Buyer Help Plan, which affords a civil penalty waiver grace interval for Video Tolls, expires at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30, 2022. Clients can benefit from this limited-time alternative by paying unpaid Video Tolls in full by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30, 2022. On Dec. 1, toll debt referrals to the Central Assortment Unit for collections actions and to the MDOT Motor Car Administration for car registration suspensions will resume.