I 495 SignWork Zone Monitored by Maryland Safe Zones Automated Speed Enforcement; Speeding Violations May Result in Citations Beginning January 3 (December 16, 2022) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has begun a project to repair and rehabilitate the I-95 bridge over the outer loop of I-495 (Capital Beltway) in the College Park area of Prince George’s County. The bridge repair project includes repairing bridge deck joints and rehabilitating the concrete piers and columns, adding decades of reliable service life for the structure. Weather permitting, the project will be complete spring 2023. Work will take place under the bridge. Motorists can expect off-peak single-lane and shoulder closures on I-495 throughout the duration of the project. Non-emergency lane closures will be suspended for the holidays Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2, 2023. In an ongoing effort to improve work zone safety, MDOT SHA has deployed Maryland SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras along I-495 (Capital Beltway) below I-95 in the work area. A warning period began December 12 for motorists exceeding the posted speed limit of 55 mph. Beginning January 3, after a 21-day warning period, Maryland State Police will review and authorize citations. By law, if a vehicle is recorded traveling at or above a specified rate over the posted speed limit, a $40 fine will be issued to the registered owner of the vehicle. The posted speed is 55 mph at this location. SafeZones mobile enforcement vehicles rotate among designated construction zones along controlled-access highways with posted speed limits of 45 mph or higher. Crews place large signs in advance of the work zones to alert drivers of automated speed enforcement use. A speed trailer displaying the posted speed limit and drivers’ speeds in advance of the enforcement vehicle will be on site. Speeding violations have decreased by more than 90% in areas where the SafeZones program is deployed. Nationally, four out of five people injured in a work zone crash are passengers or drivers, not workers. ASE is currently deployed in nine other work zones in Maryland. For more information about the SafeZones program, visit www.safezones.maryland.gov. Motorists in need may dial #77 on their mobile device for roadside assistance. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, go to Project Portal. Visit our homepage at roads.maryland.gov. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.maryland.gov. Editor’s NoteFrom intersection improvements to widening and new interchange construction, MDOT SHA is investing in projects to enhance the commute and daily travel for millions of Marylanders. MDOT SHA maintains more than 2,500 bridges and 17,000 miles of non-toll state roads – the interstate, US and state numbered routes in Maryland’s 23 counties.