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

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Project Information

Project Impacts

Project Duration: Completion is anticipated in Fall 2004, weather permitting. 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 posted 55 mph speed limits will remain the same on the Beltway and I-95.

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 May 2002)

Start date was Mid-July 2001.

The estimated completion date is Fall 2004.

As of May 2002, motorists will see the following work:

  • The continuing removal and reconstruction of the concrete median barrier and median drainage.

  • The construction of the new exit ramp to Leeds Avenue, the new widening of I-695 approaching the exit ramp, and the construction of the new bridge carrying the exit ramp over Leeds Avenue.

  • The installation of new drainage structures and sign foundations.

  • The reconstruction and widening of the ramps from I-695 to I-95 Northbound and Southbound, the construction of concrete traffic barriers, and paving work along I-95 Southbound.

  • The demolition of half of the existing Westland Boulevard Bridge over I-695 and the construction of the first half of the new bridge.

  • The construction of the foundation for a new retaining wall and noise barrier between the I-695 inner loop roadway and Kenwood Road, just north of Wilkens Avenue.

Construction Photos

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Project Team

Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration

URS Corporation-Maryland, Hunt Valley, Maryland

Dick Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Contact SHA

Linda Singer
SHA District 4
[email protected]

Jesse Free
SHA Construction Office


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