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Winter of 2017 Travel Tips

The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) offers the following travel tips for the winter months:

GAME PLAN for your travels.

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  • Ease your travel with E-ZPass. Visit to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass "On the Go" retail locations.
  • Visit to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
  • Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.
  • Know Before You Go - To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, click on "Traffic Cameras." Call 511 or visit for statewide travel information.
  • For all toll rates, use our online Toll Rate Calculator.
  • Drive Less. Live More. Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 and the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in Baltimore in your travels.
  • Hungry? Need to rest or fuel up? Stop by the Maryland or Chesapeake House Travel Plazas along I-95 in northeast Maryland.

Please use caution, reduce speeds and increase following distances when traveling on wet/icy roads. Lights On = Wipers On. Kindly remember our toll collectors and turn off wipers when paying your toll.

Pack a winter weather emergency kit for your vehicle. Recommended contents:

  • Cell phone and car charger
  • Blankets or a sleeping bag
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Extra clothing (boots, hats and gloves)
  • Shovel
  • Bottled water or juice and nonperishable foods
  • First-aid kit and necessary medications
  • Sand or non-clumping cat litter for tire traction

Drive only if it's absolutely necessary when winter weather hits. For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:

  • Clear ALL snow from your vehicle before driving and check your wiper fluid. If you can't see, you can't drive!
  • Bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads will freeze first.
  • Do not pass snow plows and salting trucks.
  • Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  • When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:
    • The location of the emergency;
    • A call-back telephone number; and
    • Details of the incident/disabled vehicle or other circumstances.
  • Devote your full attention to driving - it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
  • Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.
  • Buckle Up! Every Seat. Every Time.
  • State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  • Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  • Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
  • Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-use control signals.
  • Save the tailgating for the stadium - keep a safe following distance.

On all MDTA bridges, wind warnings and restrictions would be implemented as outlined below*:

  • Wind Warnings (sustained wind speeds of 30-39 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 30 mph over a period of 15 mins) operators of house trailers, box trailers, motorcycles, vehicles with roof-mount racks containing cargo or any other vehicle that may be subject to high winds are advised to use caution while traveling across the bridge.
  • Limited Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds of 40-49 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 40 mph over a period of 15 mins) house trailers, empty box trailers or any vehicle that, in the opinion of law-enforcement personnel, may not safely cross the bridge will be prohibited from traveling the bridge. Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.
  • Full Wind Restrictions (sustained wind speeds exceeding 50 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 50 mph over a period of 15 mins) only automobiles, pickup trucks, flatbed trailers, commercial buses and heavy-laden tractor/trailers are permitted to cross the bridge. Tractor-box trailer combinations will not be permitted to cross any bridge if the gross weight is less than 64,000 pounds.
  • Traffic Holds/Bridge Closure (sustained wind speeds exceeding 55 mph for a continuous period of 10 mins or more; or wind gusts persistently exceed 55 mph over a period of 15 mins) In the event of a sudden increase of sustained wind speeds or wind gusts that could jeopardize life or property, the MDTA may elect to discontinue the movement of all traffic across the bridge.

* When a wind warning, restriction or closure is implemented at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40), no bicycles are permitted.

The MDTA thanks motorists for partnering with us. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

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