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Aug. 23-24: White Marsh Express Toll Lanes Closure

Traffic detours are expected Thursday night on Interstate 695.

Roadwork as part of the  is expected to cause detours and closures Thursday night into Friday morning. 

According to a Maryland Transportation Authority alert released Thursday afternoon: 

Thursday, Aug. 23, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, the ramp fromeastbound MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) to southbound I-95 will be temporarily closed for night work. Traffic will be detoured to northbound I-95, to westbound MD 43 (Exit 67B, White Marsh Boulevard), to southbound I-95.

The White Marsh portion of the project carries a $142.6 million price tag and is expected to create 400 new jobs. The total project, which stretches from north of White Marsh along I-95 to south of the Interstate 895/Moravia Road interchange, will cost $1.03 billion and is expected to be finished by 2014, according to the transportation authority.

Real-time traffic camera images of state roadways are available atmdta.maryland.gov. Travel information is also available by calling 511 or visiting md511.org.

Has the ongoing project impacted your commute? How would your rate contractors' work so far? Tell us in the comments.

Steven Pope August 23, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I wish I95 wasn't clogged all the time :(
Matt August 24, 2012 at 01:29 AM
When is the work around 43 supposed to be completed? Looks like steady progress..
PerryHallParent August 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM
So when are the toll lanes going to open so the rich folk can get home faster? Those of us who don't have extra money to pay to drive home on a public road are waiting to get back to sitting in normal bumper to bumper backups.
You August 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM
This whole project will solve nothing, I 100% guarantee it! Money will be made through tolls for the state, that will be the only successful venture. All HOV or toll lanes must remerge into the standard lanes, these merge points always create massive backups which effect both the HOV or toll lanes and the standard lanes. ie. 95/495 in northern VA (this is among the top worst traffic backups daily in the whole nation) HOV lanes solved nothing.
Cory G August 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM
A few comments: Matt - I believe they gave a 2-year start-to-finish time. Living right next to 43, I agree with you that they are definitely working hard to get the job done. :) PerryHallParent - We haven't even been given a price for the tolls, so how can you be so sure you can't afford it? Also, with people using the toll lanes, "you poor people" will also get home faster because less cars will be driving in the regular lanes. Neither (D) or (R) - Depending on where the merge is, this shouldn't be a problem, as many of the backups are at exits where the express lanes won't let people off of the road. My only concern is the merge southbound towards the tunnel (IMO, northbound shouldn't be a problem).
Ryan August 24, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Pretty tough concept I know, but when other people are in the “rich lanes” there are going to be less people in the “poor lanes”, so that is less traffic for you to deal with. I actually think it is great for people living in Perry Hall because I do not think we could use the lanes anyway because they let people off after 43. So all the lanes do is get traffic traveling further north out of the lanes that we use. I am not sure how well it will work, and I hate government waste like the rest, but for Perry Hall families this is definitely a good thing.
Matt August 24, 2012 at 03:37 PM
And as a correction, this aren't HOV lanes. In VA they are doing Toll Lanes/HOV combination around the Beltway. I also thought there would be an exit for the Toll Lanes on 43?

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