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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Start of Baltimore Beltway Widening Project

Matt Ball on November 25, 2015 - in Projects, Roads
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced the start of construction on the State’s $68 million project to widen southbound I-695 (Baltimore Beltway Outer Loop) between US 40 (Baltimore National Pike) and MD 144 (Frederick Road) in Catonsville.
“The start of this important project is a step forward in our promise of providing nearly $2 billion in funding to our highways and bridges across the state,” said Governor Hogan. “We are moving long-awaited highway projects into construction, so that Maryland families and businesses will benefit from safer, smoother roads. Building, maintaining, and fixing Maryland’s roads and bridges is a top priority of our administration.”
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will widen the Outer Loop to four lanes and the median to accommodate a future fifth lane.  The project also includes new outer merge lanes to improve traffic operations at ramps with US 40, Edmondson Avenue and MD 144.  As part of the project, crews will construct more than one mile of sound walls that will benefit nearby residents.
“This Baltimore Beltway project will give thousands of drivers a quicker and safer commute,” said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.
SHA will replace the aging bridges carrying the I-695 Outer Loop over Ingleside and Edmondson avenues with new structures that will be wider to accommodate the fourth and future fifth lanes as well as higher clearance on the roads below.
More than 97,000 vehicles travel on the existing three lanes of this section of the Outer Loop each day.  SHA anticipates the traffic volume to increase to 113,000 vehicles per day on four lanes by 2035.  The project will tie into the new MD 144 Bridge over I-695, completed fall 2014 and the I-695 Outer Loop widening project from MD 144 to I-95, completed summer 2005.  SHA’s contractor for this project is Tutor Perini Corporation of New Rochelle, NY.  The project is scheduled to be complete summer 2019. For more information, please visit the project web page.

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