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I-695 Southwest Outer Loop Widening (I-95 to MD 144)

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Project Impacts

Project Duration: Completion is anticipated in Summer 2005, weather permitting. Final paving cannot be completed until warmer weather arrives in Spring 2005. Not all impacts will last for the duration of the project.

Hours of Construction and Lane Closures:Although some work will be going on every day, all day (and night), only intermittent lane closures will be allowed, and mainly at night, both on I-95 and I-695.

Noise: Some demolition work must be done at night, as it is unsafe to do with traffic underneath. Similarly, some pile driving and other noisy construction operations must also occur at night. Every effort will be made to limit the duration and late hours, as well as to finish as quickly as possible.

General Traffic Patterns: Traffic patterns and lane widths will change during construction. Drivers must be alert constantly and obey traffic control devices within the construction zone.

Lane Widths:There will be lane shifts and narrower lanes both on I-95 and the Beltway. Beltway and I-95 lanes may be reduced to 11 feet.

Delays: Construction-related delays are unavoidable. We will work to minimize them as much as possible. 

Speed: The speed limit has been reduced to 50 mph on I-695 through the construction zone. The safety of the traveling public and the workers within the project limits are of paramount importance.

Ramp Impacts: All ramp movements will remain open during construction except for temporary closures late at night or weekends to allow pavement tie-ins. Advance notice will be given prior to all temporary closures. Detours will be provided. Interchanges will remain much as they are today.

Pedestrians:Pedestrian access and sidewalks will be maintained on the existing roads crossing I-695 during construction.

To Ease the Impacts:

  • Alternate Routes - there are options!
  • Alternate Times - be flexible, combine trips and coordinate travel routes!
  • Mass Transit - fewer vehicles mean less delay!

For MTA Schedule Information, call 410-539-5000 or 1-800-543-9809 toll free within the Maryland service area


(Updated January 2005)

Start date was Mid-July 2001.

The estimated completion date is Summer 2005 .

As of January 2005, motorists will see the following work:

  • The opening of the newly constructed bridges carrying I-695 over US 1/Amtrak and Benson Avenue . (December 2004)
  • The continuing construction of the retaining wall located along the outside of the I-695 Outer Loop between MD 144 and Wilkens Avenue adjacent to the Spring Grove State Hospital.
  • The continuing reconstruction and widening of the Outer Loop of I-695 between MD 144 and Wilkens Avenue , including the construction of concrete traffic barriers and paving work.
  • The continuing installation of new drainage structures, sign foundations and sign structures.
  • One additional lane has been added on the I-695 Outer Loop between Wilkens Ave and I-95.
  • Beginning in January 2005, weather permitting, the I-695 Outer Loop traffic lanes between MD 144 and Wilkens Avenue will be shifted to allow the median construction to be completed.
  • When Spring 2005 arrives and temperatures rise, paving operations will be scheduled during overnight hours only. During final paving operations the Wilkens Avenue, US-1/Leeds Avenue and the I-95 exits will be temporarily closed and detour routes posted.

Construction Photos

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Project Team

Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration

URS Corporation-Maryland, Hunt Valley, Maryland

Dick Construction
Dick Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Contact SHA

Jesse Free
SHA Construction Office

Frances Ward
SHA District 4
[email protected]

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