May 9, 2013


Contact:          John Sales




Ramp closed 24/7 for three months


BALTIMORE, MD - The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $3.3 million bridge deck overlay and repair project for the ramp from northbound I-97 to northbound I-895 in Anne Arundel County.  This preservation project, funded completely by toll revenue, is part of the MDTA's commitment to preserving and maintaining the State's aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways.

Beginning on or about Sunday, May 12, the ramp from northbound I-97 to northbound I-895 will be continuously closed (24/7) for approximately three months.  The detour route will direct motorists to westbound I-695 (Inner Loop), to northbound MD 295, to northbound I-895.  The ramp from MD 2 (Ritchie Highway) to northbound I-895 will remain open during the three-month closure period.  Single-lane and shoulder closures may be in effect on I-895 during off-peak hours.

Although the I-895 ramp will be closed for three months, the total project is expected to last until early 2014.  The Marksmen Company of Baltimore will remove the existing concrete deck surface and replace it with a latex modified concrete overlay.  Work also includes drainage improvements and miscellaneous structural repairs. 

The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway (I-895) and I-97 and its approach roadways and ramps were opened in 1957 and 1993, respectively.  A cleaning and painting project for various bridges along

I-895 is expected to be complete this fall.  A deck replacement project for the I-895 bridges over Patapsco Avenue, Potee Street and Hanover Street in Baltimore City is expected to be complete by summer 2014.

Portable and overhead electronic message signs will display travel information.  For information on the MDTA's other facility preservation projects, or to view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit  For statewide travel conditions, visit or call 511.

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The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!!