Regional Boards > Mid-Atlantic

I-70 (and I-170) to finally be completed in Baltimore

(1/3) > >>

jmacswimmer:
I'm happy to report some exciting news on a contentious subject around here: the long-awaited completion of I-70 & I-170 in order to meaningfully serve the city of Baltimore and thus be worthy of the control city.  The project will be undertaken by MDTA, as MDOT SHA does not maintain anything within the Baltimore city limits and the City was unwilling to take on the project.

Statement from MDTA:

--- Quote ---As part of Governor Larry Hogan's commitment to improving travel across the State of Maryland, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has awarded a Design-Build contract for the I-70 & I-170 Finish-Up Baltimore Access Routes (70170FUBAR) Project.  The project, funded entirely through toll revenues, will result in a continuous route into motorists approaching Baltimore from Frederick & Western Maryland, eliminating the need to utilize I-695 or stop at the Security Boulevard Park & Ride.

Once complete, I-70 will utilize a previously-proposed route heading east through Leakin Park to an interchange with Hilton Parkway, at which point it will turn southeast towards an interchange with I-95 between Caton Avenue & Washington Boulevard.  A semi-directional interchange with I-170 will be constructed near where I-70 will cross Baltimore Street, and I-170 will head northeast alongside the Amtrak Northeast Corridor to a point near the West Baltimore MARC Station, at which point it will turn east and tie into the previously-constructed alignment between Franklin & Mulberry Streets.

Construction on the 70170FUBAR project is anticipated to start in March 2023, with completion tentatively scheduled for September 2026.

In order to achieve the funding necessary for this project, a two-part toll increase will be implemented at all MDTA toll facilities statewide.  On July 1, 2022 all toll rates will increase by 50%, followed by an additional 50% increase on July 1, 2023.  As an example, a two-axle vehicle with a valid Maryland E-ZPass will pay $4.50 at the Fort McHenry Tunnel on or after July 1, 2022, and $6.75 on or after July 1, 2023.

E-ZPass remains the most cost-effective way to travel toll roads in Maryland. Video Tolling occurs for any trips not paid with a valid E-ZPass or Pay-By-Plate at the time of travel. With Video Tolling, a Notice of Toll Due is generated and sent to the registered owner of the vehicle for standard Video Toll rates. With Pay-By-Plate, tolls are automatically billed to the driverís registered credit card as they use Maryland toll facilities, with no need for a transponder or pre-paid toll deposit.

Enroll in E-ZPass, sign up for Pay-By-Plate or pay Video Tolls at DriveEzMD.com.

--- End quote ---

Link to the full press release here.

SkyPesos:
Cc: @highwaystar

famartin:

--- Quote from: jmacswimmer on April 01, 2022, 11:16:41 AM ---I'm happy to report some exciting news on a contentious subject around here: the long-awaited completion of I-70 & I-170 in order to meaningfully serve the city of Baltimore and thus be worthy of the control city.  The project will be undertaken by MDTA, as MDOT SHA does not maintain anything within the Baltimore city limits and the City was unwilling to take on the project.

Statement from MDTA:

--- Quote ---As part of Governor Larry Hogan's commitment to improving travel across the State of Maryland, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has awarded a Design-Build contract for the I-70 & I-170 Finish-Up Baltimore Access Routes (70170FUBAR) Project.  The project, funded entirely through toll revenues, will result in a continuous route into motorists approaching Baltimore from Frederick & Western Maryland, eliminating the need to utilize I-695 or stop at the Security Boulevard Park & Ride.

Once complete, I-70 will utilize a previously-proposed route heading east through Leakin Park to an interchange with Hilton Parkway, at which point it will turn southeast towards an interchange with I-95 between Caton Avenue & Washington Boulevard.  A semi-directional interchange with I-170 will be constructed near where I-70 will cross Baltimore Street, and I-170 will head northeast alongside the Amtrak Northeast Corridor to a point near the West Baltimore MARC Station, at which point it will turn east and tie into the previously-constructed alignment between Franklin & Mulberry Streets.

Construction on the 70170FUBAR project is anticipated to start in March 2023, with completion tentatively scheduled for September 2026.

In order to achieve the funding necessary for this project, a two-part toll increase will be implemented at all MDTA toll facilities statewide.  On July 1, 2022 all toll rates will increase by 50%, followed by an additional 50% increase on July 1, 2023.  As an example, a two-axle vehicle with a valid Maryland E-ZPass will pay $4.50 at the Fort McHenry Tunnel on or after July 1, 2022, and $6.75 on or after July 1, 2023.

E-ZPass remains the most cost-effective way to travel toll roads in Maryland. Video Tolling occurs for any trips not paid with a valid E-ZPass or Pay-By-Plate at the time of travel. With Video Tolling, a Notice of Toll Due is generated and sent to the registered owner of the vehicle for standard Video Toll rates. With Pay-By-Plate, tolls are automatically billed to the driverís registered credit card as they use Maryland toll facilities, with no need for a transponder or pre-paid toll deposit.

Enroll in E-ZPass, sign up for Pay-By-Plate or pay Video Tolls at DriveEzMD.com.

--- End quote ---

Link to the full press release here.

--- End quote ---

 :-D

roadman65:
This is ridiculous. I know itís April Fools, but come on, or better yet come off of it.

kphoger:
That was very well written.  Good job!

Navigation

[0] Message Index

[#] Next page

Go to full version