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White Marsh Boulevard Construction for I-95 Express Toll Lanes

At $142.6 million, the project is expected to create 400 new jobs.

Expect construction at Interstate 95 and White Marsh Boulevard, also known as Maryland Route 43, to last at least another two years.

The I-95 Express Toll Lanes project at MD 43 is underway, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced this week. 

This portion of the project involves widening I-95, replacing the MD 43 bridges over I-95 and attaching planned toll lanes to MD 43. When complete, drivers may travel on existing lanes of I-95 at no additional cost, or may use express lanes by paying a toll, according to an MDTA release.

The White Marsh portion of the project comes at a $142.6 million cost and is expected to create 400 new jobs, officials stated.

The total project, which stretches from north of White Marsh along I-95 to south of the Interstate 895/Moravia Road interchange, comes at a $1.03 billion cost and is expected to be finished by 2014.

Would you be willing to pay an extra toll to use an express lane? Tell us in the comments.

Edward Berge, Jr. February 29, 2012 at 04:59 PM
How about O,Mally Ehrlich has been out of office 6 years. Put the blame where it belongs.
Paul Amirault February 29, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I would be interested to know how the new Inter-County Connector that is a 24/7 toll road is doing economically. Has anybody seen any facts on that since it opened in December?
Cory G February 29, 2012 at 05:26 PM
The rumor is that construction slowed due to the economic climate (less people driving, therefore less toll money going to road-related projects).
Brent February 29, 2012 at 05:26 PM
The project was kicked off WAY back in 2005, so this is CERTAINLY a remnant from Ehrlich's term.
Cory G February 29, 2012 at 05:30 PM
The project was launched by Ehrlich.
Cory G February 29, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Edward, If you had to drive 95 during rush hour, you wouldn't consider the project useless.
Victoria Jones Gabbai February 29, 2012 at 05:35 PM
MdTA is an independent agency and is funded by tolls. Everyone thinks it's their tax money but it's not.
Honeygo Hal February 29, 2012 at 07:32 PM
The overall project has already been cut back once, and that cutback will likely impact traffic on MD 43. Originally, exits were planned for 695 so folks could use the toll lanes and get off on the Beltway. When the economic downturn hit, it was decided to kill the 695 ramps, which were very expensive to build. So the present plans have exits at MD 43, and then the toll lanes end someplace north of MD 43. To me, that means that anyone on the toll lanes that wants to exit 95 prior to MD 152 will have to exit on MD 43, including folks heading to Towson, Dundalk, or places south of White Marsh - as well as those who are heading to Kingsville or other places south of MD 152. I think the rush hour traffic on MD 43 and around the Mall will get real clogged real fast. But we have a couple years to get used to the idea...
Draw1570 February 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM
and, doesn't the buk of the congestion continue to Rt. 24 where lanes narrow? This won't help that problem at all!
Brent March 01, 2012 at 05:57 AM
The impression I get is the toll lanes are mostly for the benefit of those traveling I-95 below the beltway and back in the first place, rather than those who turn off on to the beltway and head west toward Towson and the JFX . Having an offramp at MD 43 still gives a limited option to the Beltway crowd, although I'm sure the big appeal is that it pulls some traffic off the primary travel lanes.
Scott Sewell March 01, 2012 at 12:29 PM
If they would have just widened the road without worrying about making it a toll lane, it would have been done by now!
amdactivist March 01, 2012 at 12:41 PM
they all should of signed off on it if they intended to only put "new americans" to work leaving the old americans to suffer..
amdactivist March 01, 2012 at 12:48 PM
victoria.. When Md tolls are used appropriately then it takes a toll on taxpayers.. omalley tends to dip here and there to fund his own projects like vacations with 100 people to india..
Mike Lurz March 01, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Coryposted above: The rumor is that construction slowed due to the economic climate (less people driving, therefore less toll money going to road-related projects). to that I say, if this is true, then we don't need to expand the highway in the first place
Kris March 01, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Here's an idea- you keep the road we dont need, and we keep our tax dollars.
Honeygo Hal March 01, 2012 at 01:31 PM
um, the tolls pay for the project...
Al Carlson March 01, 2012 at 02:52 PM
The economy slowed - in fact, it shrunk for a few quarters. It has since begun to expand and as a result, this work is an absolute necessity. We build for the future. During difficult economic times, the issuance of bonds to fund projects like this often becomes problematic. Glass half full here. I seem to be the only one.
mike a March 01, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Yes, I love to have my tax money used to build something, then have to turn around and pay for the privilege of using it. The toll tunnels and bridges have paid for themselves how many times over? And don't try and sell me the upkeep argument. If the transportation fund wasn't always being used as a piggy bank for gov overspending, it wouldn't be a problem. I hate this nanny state.
Al Carlson March 01, 2012 at 04:14 PM
The entire project is/will be backed by tolls - not tax dollars. Read up, friend.
amdactivist March 01, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Al. what does that mean the Economy slowed and how did it slow?
Al Carlson March 02, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Did you miss that whole recession and financial crisis?
Bill Howard March 02, 2012 at 02:21 AM
It's another MD revenue scam. 95 used to have tolls and it did not work so great. because it did not work, they are going back to it. True government.
Bill Howard March 02, 2012 at 02:23 AM
They want to jack up they sales tax to build roads we can't afford to drive. Our government really loves us.
chuck March 02, 2012 at 02:39 AM
@Honeygo Hal...then what is the federal transportation trust fund [funded by motorists at the pump] used for? Another case of a class society: those that have it will pay the toll and the poor retail working "havenots" will have wait in the traffic congestion.
Honeygo Hal March 02, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Chuck, this discussion, I believe, is about one project - not the transportation trust fund.
Al Carlson March 02, 2012 at 01:31 PM
So do we need a big banner ad or something clarifying that no tax dollars are used on this project? Because no one seems to see where that is stated multiple times above.
Mike Lurz March 02, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Here's an idea, use money raised for a specific purpose for said purpose. We all know THAT hasn't happened, furthermore this is a further cost of the ridiculous over development ( which most of us didn't want in the first place). The above objections are to Owe Malley's forced programs (fully justified IMHO), NOT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE IN ANY WAY
amdactivist March 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Al, Even omalley admits he has to dig into other wells for funds.. Don't you believe him? You really need to do your homework instead of listening to their words that spell "LIES".. I was there at one time. A smile and handshake voter also. NO MORE.!!
Hank March 04, 2012 at 08:30 PM
This construction will actually increase traffic on the free lanes in hopes that motorists will choose the high speed toll lanes. It's all about "revenue". The new sky ramps from I-95 to the beltway have already made traffic worse, especially during the afternoon rush northbound. The sky ramp torwards Towson backs up onto I-95 N
Hank March 04, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Yes, no tax dollars were used on this project but the MdTA is penalizing anyone who works in Perry Hall and has to travel through the tunnel to work with tripled toll rates. So pockets are still being picked just in a different fashion.

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