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New Traffic Pattern at I-95, White Marsh Boulevard

Starting in 2013, westbound Maryland Route 43 will include a new left turn lane and left exit to southbound Interstate 95.

The new year is bringing a major traffic change to Interstate 95 and White Marsh Boulevard, thanks to the ongoing I-95 Express Toll Lanes project. 

The new traffic pattern—which includes the addition of a left turn lane on westbound Maryland Route 43 and new left exits toward I-95—is expected to take effect on or around Jan. 4, according to roadside signs and an announcement by the Maryland Transportation Authority. 

Previously, all traffic from MD Route 43, also called White Marsh Boulevard, to I-95 exited on the right. The new pattern includes the following, according to the MdTA:

  • Eastbound MD 43 to I-95 North, left exit
  • Eastbound MD 43 to I-95 South, right exit
  • Westbound MD 43 to I-95 North, right exit
  • Westbound MD 43 to I-95 South, left exit

Officials are urging caution and asking drivers to pay close attention to roadside signs. See the PDF released by the MdTA in the gallery for a diagram and safety tips. 

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 MdTA.

The ultimate goal of the project is to provide additional highway lanes, where drivers can avoid some I-95 traffic back-ups. When complete, drivers may travel on existing lanes of I-95 at no additional cost, or may use express lanes by paying a toll.

Do you plan to use the new toll lanes when complete? Tell us in the comments.

trains r uss January 02, 2013 at 09:44 AM
use the toll lane?, heck no, this project was paid for by tax dollars. why charge us for using it. to save another few seconds? folks are in too much of a hurry now as it is to go to a location that is not going any where.
PerryHallParent January 02, 2013 at 11:33 AM
No one I know is planning on ever using it. It's a horrible way to earn income, offering something that most struggling, middle class (whatever the heck that is, but I sure don't earn $450K LOL) families could never afford. Instead of making roads accessible for all and with enough lanes to handle the flow of traffic, they pulled this stunt.
Mike January 02, 2013 at 02:47 PM
project translation: "Hello Baltimore drivers! We are going to spends millions and millions of dollars to (hopefully) facilitate your commute through Baltimore. But in reality, we aren't helping you. We are just going to take even more of your money to help cover the costs. And of course, when it's finally paid off 10 years down the road, we're just going to continue to raise the price of using the 'express lanes', because...well...that's what we think of you, Baltimore. Enjoy! P.S. We never really thought about how this might affect traffic for those local drivers on Rt. 43. Obviously, it creates even more traffic on that road, but hey, what do you want us to do? we don't think before we speak!" Why do I continue to live in a state where my taxes continue to get sucked up by a black hole?
Bridget January 02, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Love the comments! If only the people making these decisons were reading these posts!
Donna McDonough January 02, 2013 at 03:21 PM
What's the plan for noise barriers? We already hear every backfire and horn from I 95. The construction noise will be as bad or worse, and the additional traffic noise will be horrible.
Acts Like Summer January 02, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Roads aren't built for free, they cost money, and better to offset some of the costs by charging motorists who will actually use the road than only use tax dollars. And yes, the purpose is to save time. Motorists who feel that time is money and are just passing through Baltimore will pay the fee and go about their merry way. Locals can continue to use free lanes, which will be less congested by out-of-town motorists who are now paying to use the express lanes. And now we are collecting fees from people who are only using our roads without stopping in Baltimore and putting money into our local economy. Everyone wants everything to be free, but time is money and there are plenty of scenic routes to take around Baltimore if you don't want to spend the money but don't mind spending the time. It's not ideal but it can be beneficial to locals in many ways, so stop your griping because no one is forcing you to ride the express lane.
Cory G January 02, 2013 at 05:18 PM
It's pretty obvious that no one here has to drive on I-95 to get to/from the city for work. My home backs up to the 43/695 ramps, and I still support the changes. I'm not saying that I'll use the toll lanes daily, but on days when there's an accident or a disabled vehicle (days which number higher than you'd think), these lanes are likely to cut almost an hour off of my commute. Additionally, no one here is thinking of people who drive through MD via 95. That's money for the state and an easier drive for those driving long distances -- which seems like a win-win to me. No one is forcing you to drive in the toll lanes. But don't ruin things for those of us that will benefit from them once construction is complete.
PerryHallParent January 03, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Who says it's obvious that no one here has to drive on I-95 to get to/from the city for work? Try every day! Um, the people who drive through MD via 95 are already paying tolls at the bridges and tunnels North and South of Baltimore. I don't see that as win-win; I see it as a gouge-gouge. That's less dollars to local businesses as people are forced to pay more money just to drive through. Why stop when you've paid to zip through? I know how many days there are accidents and disabled vehicles on 95 and I still wouldn't use the express lanes, just like I would never use the Easy Pass. I can "ruin things" all I want by stating my opinion. Oh and to "Acts Like Summer" I don't expect everything to be free. I can "gripe" all I want and you're exactly right; no one is forcing me to use the express lane, but now we all have to sit in gridlock on 43 because of the ridiculousness of the whole thing, so please.
Cheryl January 03, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Gosh, PHP, why wouldn't you use EZ Pass? It is so very convenient. I never have to wait to pay a toll, I can use it everywhere and it costs less too. Talk about win-win. Luckily i don't drive I-95 everyday so I probably won't have a need for the toll lanes, but if I did, I would use my EZ Pass!
M. Sullivan January 03, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Cheryl, EZ Pass? No thanks. Just another way for MD to rip off the taxpayers, such as the $1.50/month "maintenance fee", and the fees and penalties that pile up when the system doesn't work right.
Paul Amirault January 03, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I don't know if you folks are aware of the current EZ Pass fee structure but as I read it not having one is unwise if you use the tolls 3 or more times a month. 1. a 10% discount off the cash rate at Maryland tolls. 2. No monthly maintenance fee if you use the account 3 times a month. 3. A commuter rate if you have high usage. 4. $9 for the transponder if you don't have one. Seems like a no-brainer especially for the convenience factor and almost never waiting in line? What am I missing?
M. Sullivan January 03, 2013 at 04:58 PM
It's only worth it if you use it a lot. Less than 3x per month and you get charged a $1.50/ month fee for nothing. Plus the initial transponder fee. Plus the fees and penalties when the system doesn't read your transponder. Plus the time and aggravation of dealing with the MTA and MVA. No thanks. If I really decide I absolutely need EZ Pass I'll get it from DE or another state without fees. Screw MD!
Cory G January 04, 2013 at 05:39 PM
PHP - People who pay the tolls are people who use the roads - shouldn't they have to pay to keep them maintained? And the fact that you don't have an EZPass proves that you don't actually drive far through the highly-trafficked portions of 95, as you'd be using a commuter pass if you went through the tunnel on a daily basis. Also, my main concern about the griping on this thread is that people don't have to use the pay lanes. They can choose to use the normal lanes which, to their benefit, will be less congested than they are today (a result of the new lanes).
Cory G January 04, 2013 at 05:42 PM
$1.50 a month isn't much to pay to ensure that individuals continue to make the toll process easier (and make sure EZPass is always running). Additionally, I'm not sure when the system hasn't worked for you, but I use tolls daily and have never had an issue with a toll not registering or with being mischarged.
RNinBalto January 06, 2013 at 05:32 AM
I'll just leave an hour and a half like i always do just to get to work...not giving MD anymore of my $
Cory G January 07, 2013 at 02:44 PM
... so instead you'd rather give your money to the oil companies by idling on the highway?
RNinBalto January 09, 2013 at 03:43 AM
I guess CORY G has a pile of $ to blow....have you read the first earlier comments? I drove in this new pattern today and can just tell you it's just a pile of accidents and grief waiting to happen. If you're coming from honeygo & get on the ramp to go 95S you have to yield TWICE. The loop going south is not as big as the loop coming back to the area (going 95N) and the first yield just sneaks up on you...keep in mind this is just a ONE LANE ramp. Anyway, as soon as you get on it you have to yield to traffic coming from the opposite direction (one lane as well) also getting on that same ramp and then shortly after that there is a TINY merge lane to get over in the right lane onto 95! WTF?!!!! Can you just imagine driving on this in the rain or fog?Do these people responsible for designing this traffic pattern know how much traffic there is leaving the area to get on 95S? Coming back to the area has improved but leaving the area is absolutely DANGEROUS!!!

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