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Aug. 6-9: White Marsh Express Toll Lanes Closures

Traffic detours are expected next week on Interstate 695 at Interstate 95.

Overnight closures and detours are coming to White Marsh next week, as part of the ongoing

From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., each day between Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, "all lanes of eastbound Interstate 695 (INNER LOOP) at Interstate 95 (Exit 33) will be completely closed," according to a Maryland Transportation Authority press release.

"Traffic will be detoured off Exit 33 to northbound I-95, to westbound MD 43 (Exit 67B, White Marsh Boulevard), to southbound I-95, to eastbound I-695 (Exit 64)," the release showed.

When complete, the project will allow drivers to use express lanes on I-95 by paying a toll or travel on existing lanes at no additional cost.

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 at mdta.maryland.gov. Travel information is also available by calling 511 or visiting md511.org.

How do you expect the finished project to impact White Marsh traffic? Tell us in the comments.

Honeygo Hal August 03, 2012 at 03:42 PM
White Marsh Blvd. (43) will be a mess at rush hour - moreso in the evening. The mess will fan out in both directions and probably make Honeygo Blvd. a parking lot near MD 43.
Paul Amirault August 03, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The two new intersections that have been created with two new traffic lights on Rte 43 must have been invented by the Spaghetti Monster. I am not a traffic engineer, but eliminating merge lanes and replacing them with traffic lights on Route 43 sounds like backed up lanes onto I-95 and Route 43. These intersections are not temporary based on the photos in the above article.
Brittany August 03, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I am really upset about all of the trees they are cutting down for this project that dont really need to happen. I hope they are planning on replanting. However, from the "future" images it doesnt seem that tree planting is a priority. I live by white marsh blvd and they are completely ruining what used to be a pretty drive. My message to the people who are in charge of this: Re plant the trees you are destroying.
Cory G August 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Honeygo is already a parking lot during rush hour. :(
Honeygo Hal August 03, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Paul, I think the locations are permanent, but hopefully the final configuration will include at least 2 lanes to accomodate more cars before they back up onto 95. I also think there will be an additonal set of lights for the traffic exiting the toll lanes at 43. They will come up a straight ramp and exit onto 43 at the center of the bridge. If memory serves, the exits at 43 were not part of the original plan. The original plan had exits from the toll lanes onto 695, and no more exits until north of 43. That configuration was deemed too expensive when the recession hit, and the 695 ramps were dropped. The ramps in that plan really looked like a bag of snakes, and I'm not surprised they were dropped. But now, the MD 43 exits will take all of the traffic that wants to get off before 152. Suffice it to say I will likely be using the 'back routes' and the 'old way' to get around during rush hour.

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