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I-695 Southwest Outer Loop Widening (I-95 to MD 144)
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Relocation of Amtrak Catenary Lines at Leeds Avenue Bridge - The men standing on the platform atop the Amtrak train car are disconnecting the transmission and catenary lines from the existing I-695 Outer Loop Bridge over Leeds Avenue. The electric lines, which supply power to the trains, are being relocated to new, freestanding support structures. Due to the high voltage and to ensure safety, Amtrak must complete their work before SHA's contractor can preform any work on the existing bridge. Once all the lines have been relocated, the demolition of the bridge will begin. In addition to the electric line relocations being preformed by Amtrak, all work preformed over the railroad tracks is governed by Amtrak safety rules. The majority of the bridge work that will take place over Amtrak's railroad tracks will be performed at night when train traffic is reduced, further enhancing safety.


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Westland Boulevard Bridge - This picture was taken looking north at the I-695 Outer Loop from the Westland Boulevard Bridge. To the right of the yellow paint stripe, you can see the newly reconstructed concrete median barrier. In the background, traffic has been moved towards the concrete median barrier. By shifting traffic closer to the newly reconstructed median barrier, space is provided to allow construction to take place along the outside shoulder of the I-695 Outer Loop. In the foreground, traffic is diverted around the construction zone for the new Westland Boulevard Bridge pier located in the median. Once past the pier, traffic is shifted back along the median barrier. A similar shift occurs in the vicinity of Frederick Road, shifting traffic from the outside of I-695 Outer Loop towards the median.


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I-95 Southbound Ramp from I-695 Outer LoopThis photo is facing south along I-695 Outer Loop toward the exit ramp to I-95. The traffic on the left side of the photo is on I-695. On the right side of the photo you can see the top portion of the new retaining wall that is being constructed to minimize impacts to adjacent properties. The gray material to the left of the wall is stone backfill and subbase material being placed in preparation for the construction of the widened roadway. One of the newly constructed overhead traffic sign structures and new signs can also be seen.


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I-95 Southbound Ramp off I-695 - A construction crew is placing precast concrete wall panels for the retaining wall located along the I-695 Outer Loop roadway. The cars at the right of the photo are traveling along the ramp from the I-695 Outer Loop towards I-95. This retaining wall extends from the I-695 bridge over Benson Avenue to the I-95 ramp. Once the retaining wall is in place, the construction of the widened roadway for the I-695 Outer Loop and the I-95 ramps can continue.


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I-95 Southbound Ramp from I-695 Outer Loop - Backfill has been placed along the recently constructed retaining wall located on the I-695 Inner Loop just west of Wilkens Avenue. You will notice bolts sticking up from the top of the retaining wall. The bolts will be used to attach supports for a new noise barrier. This noise barrier, which extends beyond the limits of the retaining wall, is being placed along the I-695 Inner Loop roadway to mitigate noise that will be generated by future I-695 Outer Loop traffic. The location of the retaining wall and noise barrier were designed to permit the future widening of the Inner Loop of I-695 without interference.


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