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UPDATED: Ramp Changes for Harford Road

As part of a plan to improve the Beltway, state highway officials are proposing a restructuring of the Inner Loop off-ramp from I-695 to Harford Road.

UPDATED (Mar. 13, 1:27 p.m.) — A meeting concerning changes to the ramp leading from 695 to Haford Road will be an amendment to the Transportation Improvement Plan will be held tonight at the Towson library.

The meeting, to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., was organized by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council as part of their normal process and is specifically to inform the public of an amendment to the Transportation Improvement Plan to allocate funds for the project. 

Design work on the ramp has not begun, according to Damilola Kehinde, a regional planner with the State Highway Administration.

Responding to concerns voiced by the community, a SHA offcial sent an email to members of the State delegation who represent the Parkville-Carney area.

The email said:

"I apologize for the timing and location of the meeting.  Again, this is not the typical public involvement meeting done by SHA, but one to publicly notify stakeholders that funds are being added to the project for design.  Once the TIP amendment is approved, we can start the SHA process and reach out to the communities at that point to weigh in.  We will make sure to engage you when it comes time for SHA to schedule public involvement in the Parkville/Carney area once design has been initiated on the project.

No public facility closer to the affected area was available during our requested time frame."

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Change could be coming to the interchange between the Beltway and Harford Road, according to officials with the Maryland State Highway Administration.

A recent email sent to community leaders by SHA regional planner Damilola Kehinde details the plan to improve the off-ramp from I-695 to northbound and southbound Harford Road.

According to the email, the plan will:

  • Change the design of the existing Inner Loop off-ramp to southbound Harford Road, to give access to both northbound and southbound lanes
  • Widen the proposed ramp from one lane to three, including two left-turn lanes and an exclusive right-turn lane at the intersection with Harford Road
  • Install a traffic signal on the proposed ramp at the intersection with Harford Road, and leave 350 feet on the ramp for cars to wait for the light to change without impeding traffic on I-695.
  • Eliminate the existing off-ramp from the inner loop of the Beltway to northbound Harford Road to improve safety

A public input meeting will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Towson Library.

Carney Improvement Association president Meg O'Hare expressed concerns.

"My first question is: 'Why is the meeting being held in Towson if the changes are being made in Parkville/Carney?' My second comment is: 'Why are we getting such late notice?'" O'Hare said in an email.

Comments can be submitted in person during the public comment opportunity at the Baltimore Region Transportation Board meeting. That meeting is set for 9 a.m. March 27.

Through March 23, mail input to: The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board Offices at McHenry Row, 1500 Whetstone Way, Ste. 300, Baltimore, MD 21230.

Or fax it to 410-732-8248, or email comments@baltometro.org.

Margaret March 10, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Why can't they leave well enough alone? John Roberts if they have I say leave well enough alone.
ALD March 10, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I agree. This change is not necessary. The repairs made a few years ago were a huge improvement, so now you can actually make a left turn onto California Avenue. This would be a waste of taxpayer dollars. I don't believe the amount of traffic justifies this change.
Nick M March 10, 2012 at 07:01 PM
One advantage to the redo would be the traffic light which would force cars to slow down on south bound Harford rd entering the school zone. People fly through there. Thats why the police are always camped out at the end of Manns ave. Don't really think the change is nessesary. But If they want to do something why don't they redo the north bound off ramp from the outer loop. When the light is not on it is very dangerous for cars to get onto harford road, especially to get to Richmond.
K. Fox March 14, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Here's an idea... fix the lane that merges onto the outter loop from 43. There is NO reason why that lane should go almost to Perring Parkway. People race up that lane and cut everyone off which causes major back ups and accidents DAILY! Either extend that lane to Perring Parkway or cut it off at Harford Rd South!
j.d March 21, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Stop building houses! Fix the houses in the city and lower city taxes so people can afford to live there!

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