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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #125 on: November 24, 2018, 06:17:56 PM »

Are there a significant number of people living in DC and commuting to Baltimore these days? There were quite a few people who lived in Baltimore and commuted to DC when I lived in DC (I considered doing it on many occasions).

Probably not as far north as the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. There's plenty of commuter traffic from the D.C. area to Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County and its many Department of Defense agencies (I believe that is the largest employment center in the state, given that Montgomery County voters keep electing people that want to discourage employment from locating in the county).
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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #126 on: November 24, 2018, 07:07:19 PM »

Ah yes, a friend commutes from DC to Ft. Meade.
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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #127 on: November 25, 2018, 08:47:36 AM »

I'm surprised that they do not plan on restricting traffic from the tunnel from reaching I-95 and US 1 south of the tunnel to limit the traffic.  It seems to me that I-97 and MD-10  traffic really needs access to I-895 to avoid a very long detour, but that I-95 and US 1 traffic has ready access to the Ft McHenry Tunnel and do not need to add to the mess at the Harbor Tunnel.

IMO, one lane in the tunnel is a mess, but it won't be so bad if it is only serving the travelers coming from the southeast and not the southwest.
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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #128 on: November 25, 2018, 08:19:34 PM »

I'm surprised that they do not plan on restricting traffic from the tunnel from reaching I-95 and US 1 south of the tunnel to limit the traffic.  It seems to me that I-97 and MD-10  traffic really needs access to I-895 to avoid a very long detour, but that I-95 and US 1 traffic has ready access to the Ft McHenry Tunnel and do not need to add to the mess at the Harbor Tunnel.

IMO, one lane in the tunnel is a mess, but it won't be so bad if it is only serving the travelers coming from the southeast and not the southwest.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the MDTA eventually does close the I-895 mainline west of Exit 4. The ongoing redecking of the Patapsco Flats bridge mean that traffic is already restricted to one lane west of the I-895 Spur, which would make it less difficult to close the mainline if necessary.
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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #129 on: November 25, 2018, 08:22:52 PM »

^ Also means you already have less traffic using 895 from 95 South...
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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #130 on: November 28, 2018, 07:00:16 PM »

I’ve been thinking about that hilariously non-compliant BGS for Exit 10 on the Canton Viaduct. Is it likely to be recycled or does the MDTA retain examples of old signage like MDOT SHA?
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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #131 on: November 28, 2018, 11:33:17 PM »

I’ve been thinking about that hilariously non-compliant BGS for Exit 10 on the Canton Viaduct. Is it likely to be recycled or does the MDTA retain examples of old signage like MDOT SHA?

That sign dates to the 1980's, but I believe it was an exact replacement of a sign that probably dates back to the opening of the road in 1957, when all of the signage on the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway looked like that.

I don't know if MDTA keeps any old and historic signs around.  I would love to see one of the big red signs (made from extruded aluminum or steel strips, long before SHA adopted that style of sign) that detailed the tunnel restrictions and was found at every entrance ramp to I-895.
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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #132 on: December 25, 2018, 08:37:18 PM »

The kerning on the temporary signage erected for the Canton Viaduct reconstruction is hilariously awful. I’ve never seen such horrible kerning before for any temporary sign erected by the MDTA. What gives?
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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #133 on: December 26, 2018, 06:19:24 AM »

The kerning on the temporary signage erected for the Canton Viaduct reconstruction is hilariously awful. I’ve never seen such horrible kerning before for any temporary sign erected by the MDTA. What gives?

What's "kerning"?

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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #134 on: December 26, 2018, 08:36:07 AM »

In short: spacing between proportional font letters, with adjustment being made for the actual letters involved so it looks “normal”-such as “AV”.
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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #135 on: December 26, 2018, 11:06:32 AM »

I drove thru the temporary work zone going south on Saturday  morning. The current setup isn't exactly awful (that side of the bridge at least has a shoulder), but it'll get annoying once the tunnel goes 2-way. Overall the HBT was pretty dead compared to I-95. Guess the signs telling traffic to go elsewhere are actually working.
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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #136 on: December 26, 2018, 11:52:26 AM »

I drove thru the temporary work zone going south on Saturday  morning. The current setup isn't exactly awful (that side of the bridge at least has a shoulder), but it'll get annoying once the tunnel goes 2-way. Overall the HBT was pretty dead compared to I-95. Guess the signs telling traffic to go elsewhere are actually working.

Not all the time.  Saw signs north of Baltimore on Friday that said the travel time from White Marsh to the Harbor Tunnel was 33 minutes (12 miles).
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Re: I-895 (Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway)
« Reply #137 on: January 02, 2019, 04:36:04 PM »

I'd like to nominate the idiot with Wisconsin? (didn't get that good of a look) plates for the 2019 Darwin Awards.........who decided that despite the right lane of the northbound Harbor Tunnel clearly being marked as closed, decided to drive down it anyway and got a surprise on the other end in the form of a jersey wall. Not a single patrol car in sight to pull that idiot over either (despite the HRT's reputation for being heavily patrolled)
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