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I-95, I-695 Lane Closures Until June 14

Construction on the I-95 Express Toll Lanes project is expected to continue until 2014.

Lane closures began on Sunday and, weather permitting, are expected to continue until early Thursday morning.

Between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night and morning until June 14, "all lanes of westbound Interstate 695 (OUTER LOOP) at Interstate 95 (Exit 33) will be completely closed. The detour route will direct motorists to northbound I-95, to westbound MD 43 (Exit 67B, White Marsh Boulevard), to southbound I-95, to westbound I-695 (Exit 64)," according to a Maryland Transportation Authority release.

Contractors will perform steel girder placement as part of the .

The ultimate goal of the project is to attach 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, officials announced.

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

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, according to the MdTA.

Will the toll lanes change your commute at all? Do you plan to use them, or stay in the regular lanes? Tell us in the comments.

Grace B. June 11, 2012 at 01:54 PM
No, I will not use the toll lanes. We have stopped using any toll facilities, except when we head to the airport or down to DC, since Martin has decided to use them as an alternate tax source. The only way to protest is to stop paying. Going around the beltway is no big deal. And, since I'm not a beach person, there is nothing south that typically interests me either. When we want to travel, we take our dollars out of this state.
jack amrhein June 11, 2012 at 02:58 PM
The 95/695 "spaghetti junction" seems to be working well. I do have concerns regarding the ETLs and the junction at 95/43 First, I doubt many locals will use the express lanes, as evidenced by the lack of use of the ICC http://colesville.patch.com/articles/intercounty-connector-usage-down-after-toll-charges-begin The benefit I see in it is that those who's business or employer foots the bill may use it and help slightly to lessen traffic on the toll free lanes (large trucks, corporate transportation, etc) My main concern is the changing of the exits from the regular lanes to intersections vs. the current ramps. I’m guessing these light controlled intersections are going to cause increased back-ups onto 95 during rush hour. (Take a close look at the pictures N95 to W43). If anyone has a better understanding of the pictures and the ramps, please enlighten me, as I may be looking at it all wrong. Then there is the building of bridges to replace the current ramp system. Doesn’t Maryland already have a large number of bridges that are getting failing grades with no budget for repair? Building more, when we could stick with the current ground based ramp system, doesn’t make sense to me; not only the construction costs, but future repair costs as well. Then again, I'm not a highway engineer, just a working class tax payer.
Sandy Shepard June 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM
this wasn't built for the working class person so we won't be using it. I agree with Jack above - where is the budget for repairs ???
ALD June 15, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I hope all of the I-95 drivers from Harford County north use the toll lanes, and maybe it would ease up 695 traffic. Maybe those of us who live closer to 95 & 695 can drive a little easier. I understand wanting to move further away and pay less property taxes, so the toll is the price you may pay to work in the city or in the DC metro area. My commute on the beltway is dependent on how backed up the west side of the beltway is, so I take 95 when/if it's a better alternative.
Tim June 15, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I do this daily as well. I work on the southside of Baltimore County.

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