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MARYLAND AT A GLANCE

TRANSPORTATION

TUNNELS


In 1937, the State Roads Commission was authorized to construct tunnels financed by tolls to be collected on the completed projects (Chapter 356, Acts of 1937). Now, State tunnels are the responsibility of the Maryland Transportation Authority of the Department of Transportation.

The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel opened in November 1957 between Canton and Fairfield. Designated I-895, the 1.4-mile, four-lane tunnel provided the first direct link north and south under the Harbor for vehicles bypassing Baltimore City. When it opened, the Harbor Tunnel was the longest twin-tube trench tunnel in the world.

In 1985, the eight-lane Fort McHenry Tunnel became a vital part of I-95, the East Coast's most important interstate route. The Tunnel crosses under the Patapsco River south of Fort McHenry, and connects the Locust Point and Canton areas of Baltimore City.

Tolls of $2.00 each way are collected for both tunnels, and electronic toll-collection (known as M-TAG) began for both in 1999. In January 2003, M-TAG became part of the E-Z Pass system.

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