Maryland: Governor Hogan’s Statewide Toll Rollback Takes Effect Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Maryland: Governor Hogan’s Statewide Toll Rollback Takes Effect Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tomorrow, tolls for bridges, tunnels and roadways across the state of Maryland will be lowered for the first time in nearly 50 years as part of Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s statewide Toll-Tax Rollback Plan. On May 7, Governor Hogan delivered on his promise to roll back Maryland’s high toll rates and put money back into the pockets of hard-working Maryland families and businesses. From the Bay, Hatem and Nice bridges to the Harbor Crossings, the JFK Highway, the Intercounty Connector (ICC), and the new I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL), Governor Hogan’s toll rollback, which takes effect tomorrow, will save Maryland citizens $270 million over the next five years. In the first week of July alone, Marylanders should save $2.1 million that they can spend on their 4thof July celebrations and summer vacations.

“We’re giving Marylanders another reason to celebrate this July 4th as we decrease toll rates across the state,” said Governor Hogan. “I was elected to roll back taxes, tolls and fees and I’m pleased to deliver on this promise by putting more than a quarter billion back into the pockets of hardworking Maryland families.”

The following toll reductions and changes are effective Wednesday, July 1, 2015:

– Eliminate the E-ZPass Maryland monthly $1.50 account fee for Maryland addresses and for out-of-state addresses with three or more trips at Maryland toll facilities in the previous statement period.

– Reduce all Cash, Video, Commuter and Shoppers’ toll rates at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), including a reduction in the two-axle cash rate from $6 to $4 round trip and in the Commuter rate from $2.10 to $1.40.

– Increase the E-ZPass Maryland discount from 10% to 37.5% at the Bay Bridge – toll drops from $5.40 to $2.50 round trip.

– Increase the E-ZPass Maryland discount from 10% to 25% for the Baltimore Harbor (I-895) and Fort McHenry (I-95) tunnels, the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – toll drops from $7.20 to $6 round trip – and for the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) – toll drops from $5.40 to $4.50 round trip.

– Reduce two-axle toll rates on the ICC/MD200 and I-95 ETL for all pricing periods by $.03 per mile. This change reduces a two-axle, peak period trip from I-270/I-370 to US 1 on the ICC from $4.40 to $3.86 (E-ZPass), and a two-axle, peak period trip on the I-95 ETL from $1.75 to $1.54 (E-ZPass). Other ICC and I-95 ETL toll rates also will be reduced based on standard multipliers per axle.

– Establish a 30% discount at the Hatem Bridge for three- and four-axle vehicles with E-ZPass Maryland – three-axle toll drops from $16 to $11.20, while four-axle toll drops from $24 to $16.80.

– Increase E-ZPass Maryland supplemental rebate program for vehicles with five or more axles by 5 percentage points per trip level.

The following change is effective January 1, 2016:

– For vehicles using the Childs Street and I-695 turnaround exits at the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and Key Bridge respectively,E-ZPass Maryland toll rates will decrease to $2 per axle for three- to six-plus-axle vehicles. For example, three-axle vehicles will see a toll reduction from $8 to $6 and four-axle vehicles from $12 to $8.
To take advantage of the new E-ZPass discounts, motorists are urged to sign up for E-ZPass Maryland at ezpassmd.com. The new discounts increase from 10% to a range of 25% to 37.5%.

For a detailed list of toll reductions statewide, visit mdta.maryland.gov.


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Pennsylvania: DOT, State Police Partner to Focus on Aggressive and Impaired Driving Enforcement through Independence Day

Pennsylvania Construction | I-95 Exit GuidePennDOT, Pennsylvania State Police and local police are partnering to help decrease impaired driving and aggressive behaviors through the Independence Day holiday weekend.

“No matter what day the holiday falls on, PennDOT urges Pennsylvanians to avoid distractions, aggressive behaviors and impaired driving,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “If you plan to celebrate this weekend, remember to designate a sober driver so we can all get to our destinations safely and are able to spend time with family and friends.”

Last year, there were 326 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 11 fatalities from Friday, June 27, to Sunday, July 6. This marked an increase from 2013, when there were 256 alcohol-related crashes and 11 fatalities in the holiday time period. Also, during the holiday period last year, there were 85 drug-related crashes and four fatalities, an increase from 69 drug-related crashes and four fatalities in 2013.

Troopers will focus enforcement efforts on speeders, aggressive drivers and those who drink and drive during the holiday weekend.

“Take a few seconds to make sure that you and your passengers are buckled up,” said acting State Police Commissioner Marcus L. Brown. “And please, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. It makes no sense to gamble with your life and the lives of others.”

As part of this high visibility impaired-driving enforcement effort, State Police and local law enforcement will conduct checkpoints and roving patrols. This effort is funded through PennDOT’s statewide distribution of more than $4.7 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The public can join the conversation on Twitter by using #drivesober and #designateddriver.

Visit www.JustDrivePA.com for more information on impaired driving and PennDOT’s other traffic-safety initiatives.


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Connecticut: This Fourth of July, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ by State and Local Law Enforcement

I-95 Connecticut Construction } I-95 Exit GuideThe Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays. And why not? Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics and fireworks.

However, the celebrations often include alcohol, and the holiday can quickly go from festive to fatal when people choose to drive impaired. From 2009-2013, nearly 40 percent of ALL traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period were attributed to alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. In 2013, Forbes magazine named the Independence Day holiday “the most dangerous holiday of the year.”

Over the Fourth of July holiday period in 2013 alone (6 p.m. July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. July 8th), there were 199 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes on our nation’s roads.

To crack down on drunk driving this holiday, state and local law enforcement throughout Connecticut will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put their lives and the lives of others in danger.

“Law enforcement will be ramping up their targeting of impaired driving to make our roads safer this Fourth of July,” said James Redeker, the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation. “This holiday, you can show your patriotism by doing your part to help make roads safer for everyone.”

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 10,076 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States in 2013—representing almost a third of all crash fatalities. By comparison, during the July Fourth period that year, 39 percent of all crash fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers.

In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher, yet people continue to break the law and drive drunk. The rate of high-BAC impaired driving is astounding. In fatal crashes during the July Fourth period in 2013, more than one-fifth (21%) of involved drivers or motorcycle operators had BACs of .15 or higher—almost twice the legal limit.

During that same holiday period, 35 percent of young drivers (18 to 34 years old) killed in fatal crashes were legally intoxicated. Motorcycle operators are also overrepresented as the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes. In 2013, more than one-quarter (27%) of motorcycle operators in fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.

Drunk drivers are more common at night, too. Over the July 4th holiday in 2013, more than two fifths (42%) of the drivers in nighttime fatal crashes (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were alcohol-impaired, as compared to 13 percent of drivers in fatal crashes during the day.

“Remember,” Commissioner Redeker added, “to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. It’s as simple as that.”

Law enforcement is not messing around this Independence Day: if you’re caught driving drunk, you will be arrested. And keep in mind that aside from putting your life and the lives of others at risk, driving impaired can also lead to serious consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs about $10,000.
The Department of Transportation recommends these simple tips to prevent drunk driving.

• Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
• Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
• Use your community’s sober ride program.
• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact law enforcement.
• If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.

For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.


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California: Closures for I-5 and SR-14 Near Newhall Pass

California: Closures for I-5 and SR-14 Near Newhall Pass

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to implement the closures listed below June 29 through July 1, 2015, for electrical work. Detours will be provided. Closures are
subject to change.

– Southbound SR-14: One lane of the southbound SR-14 to southbound I-5 connector – noon to 6 p.m.

– Northbound I-5: One lane of the northbound I-5 to northbound SR-14 connector: 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Closure information for all freeways is available on the Caltrans website. For real-time traffic information, visit quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call 5-1-1.


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California: Freeway Closures Scheduled for I-10 HOV Project

California: Freeway Closures Scheduled for I-10 HOV Project

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close portions of the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) as part of the High Occupancy Vehicle lane construction project. The following
schedule will be in effect, weather permitting, and is subject to change:

Long-Term Ramp Closures
Through November, 2015 – Eastbound Vincent Avenue South on-ramp

Sunday, June 28
Eastbound I-10
– 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Vincent Avenue on- and off-ramps, Azusa Avenue on-ramp
– 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Puente Avenue, Azusa Avenue, Vincent Avenue, Pacific Avenue/West Covina Parkway on- and off-ramps
– 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Up to 2 lanes between Puente Avenue and Citrus Street
Westbound I-10
– 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Pacific Avenue/West Covina Parkway, Sunset Avenue off-ramps, Vincent Avenue, Azusa Avenue on-ramps
– 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. –Sunset Avenue off-ramp, Puente Avenue, Pacific Avenue/West Covina Parkway, Vincent Avenue, Azusa Avenue on- and off-ramps
– 11 p.m.to 5 a.m. – Up to 2 lanes between Citrus Street and Puente Avenue

Monday, June 29 through Wednesday, July 1
Eastbound I-10
– 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Puente Avenue off-ramp, Azusa Avenue on-ramp, Vincent Avenue on- and off-ramps
– 7 p.m. to 7 .m. – Puente Avenue, Vincent Avenue and Azusa Avenue on- and off-ramps
– 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Pacific Avenue/West Covina Parkway on- and off-ramps
– 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Up to 2 lanes between Baldwin Park Boulevard and Citrus Street
Westbound I-10
– 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Sunset Avenue off-ramp
– 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Vincent Avenue, Azusa Avenue, Puente Avenue on-ramps, Pacific Avenue/West Covina Parkway off-ramp
– 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Vincent Avenue, Pacific Avenue/West Covina Parkway off-ramp, Azusa Avenue, Puente Avenue on- and off-ramps
– 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Up to 2 lanes between Citrus Street and Baldwin Park Boulevard
– 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Sunset Avenue off-ramp

Ames Construction, Inc. is the contractor on this $193 million project, which will add an HOV lane in each direction of I-10 between Puente Avenue and Citrus Street. Detour signs will be posted to direct motorists. Anticipated completion is spring, 2019. Caltrans reminds you to “Slow For the Cone Zone”


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