Posts Tagged ‘The Maryland Transportation Authority’

Maryland Decides to Not End Cash Toll at Hatem Bridge

Friday, March 7th, 2014

In the trucking industry, we are use to paying tolls nearly every day. If you are trying to keep up with the number of tolls in Maryland, here’s one to book. The state of Maryland has decided not to end the cash toll at Hatem Bridge for now, according to the Harford County Legislator.

Why is the state of Maryland not ending the cash toll at Hatem Bridge?

The Harford County Legislator says it’s related to the all-electric plan requiring more research.
Where is the Hatem Bridge located?

The Hatem Bridge cash toll is located at the Route 40 Thomas Hatem Bridge. The Maryland Transportation Authority says the Hatem Bridge cash toll will remain open for at least the next two years (2015-2016). The state hopes this will help the Maryland Transportation Authority better accommodate Harford and Cecil county citizens and businesses.

On Thursday the Maryland House of Delegates passed the bill that requies the Maryland Transporation Authority to stuay the all-electric toll specifically at the Hatem Bridge cash toll and other major toll facilities in Maryland. Further research is being conducted to prevent drivers from being penalized if they do not currently have an E-ZPass for tolls.

Only for the next few years will those driving through the Hatem Bridge toll have a lane with a cash toll option. If you are a regular commercial driver in Maryland, you need to start using an E-ZPass as soon as possible.

The Hatem Bridge is the quickest way to cross the Susquehanna River. The alternative way is the Millard Tydings Bridge on 1-95. Residents in the area are not looking forward to using the all-electronic tolls of E-ZPass because a round trip cost using the E-ZPass for 2-axle vehicle will cost nearly $12. The current cash toll for a round trip is only $8 for 2-axle vehicle.

At the end of the day, truck drivers will experience higher electronic tolls, with nearly a 50% increase.

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Source:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/aberdeen-havre-de-grace/ph-ag-cash-toll-staying-0312-20140307,0,4310402.story

http://tollroadsnews.com/news/maryland-toll-proposes-higher-truck-tolls-electronic-toll-charges

Truck Services: Improving your Bay Bridge Truck Driving safety

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Driving over a bridge is one of the most dangerous tasks truck drivers take on. A bridge truck drivers and overall commuters dread is the Maryland Bay Bridge also known as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Gephyrophobia, also known as high anxiety or fear of bridges, is very common for Truck drivers and the average commuter.

Each day thousands of drivers cross the Bay Bridge to pass over the Chesapeake Bay.

The Bay Bridge is one of the longest, highest bridges in America. So there’s no surprise why the Bay Bridge is one Truck drivers fear to cross with heavy loads or empties.

Deadly accidents can occur when drivers feel dizzy from the height.

The Bay Bridge in its self is very oddly constructed – from the sharp turn to the wide-open, long distance. The Bay Bridge can even sway at times of high winds.

The number one reason drivers fear the bay bridge is due to the sensation of passing out/ having a heart attack or other medical emergency while crossing the bridge.

In previous years, The Maryland Transportation Authority provided a service to drive people across the bridge. This service is no longer provided.

Some bridges can give way and plunge trucks and cars alike into frigid waters.

Although there is no way you can identify how safe a bridge is to drive over, there are driving safety measure you can consider:

  • Be cautious of your surrounding. The last thing you want a tractor-trailer to do is strike an overhead beam.
  • Know how old bridges are in the area. The average bridge in America is about 42 years old. The government requires bridges to be inspected every two years to identify if emergency repairs are necessary.
  • Keep in mind that bridges and overpasses exposed to air during rainy and cold days create black ice. The element of surprise can be deadly if the truck loses control.

To make sure your truck is in the best condition to travel bridges such as the Bay Bridge, schedule a truck maintenance check up with Middleton & Meads.

Take a look at our truck solutions/ services to see what we can do for you.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your bus transportation needs!

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Source:

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/07/08/gephyrophobia-is-common-in-maryland-thanks-to-the-bay-bridge/

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/24/travel/us-bridge-safety

http://icyroadsafety.com/icybridges.shtml

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/outreach/education/bridge-strikes.aspx