FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2012

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

**REVISED** BRIDGE CLEANING & PAINTING PROJECTS BEGIN
ON 
I-95, I-895 & I-695
Minimal traffic impacts expected

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces the start of three bridge preservation projects on Interstates 95, 895 and 695.  These projects, funded completely by toll revenue, are part of the MDTAs commitment to preserving and maintaining the States aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways.

Throughout the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) in Baltimore, Cecil and Harford counties, a 1.5 year, $6 million project begins to clean and paint the structural steel on 11 overpass bridges.  Saffo Contractors, Inc., of Wilmington, N.C. is performing the work.

A 1.5 year, $6.4 million project to clean and paint the structural steel on 11 overpass and ramp bridges along the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway (I-895) in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties is being performed by Manolis Painting Co. of Timonium, Md.

North of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, Reglas Painting Company, Inc., of Baltimore is cleaning and painting the I-695 INNER LOOP (eastbound) bridge over Bear Creek in Baltimore County as part of a 1.5 year, $4 million project. 

Off-peak lane and/or shoulder closures may be needed for each project.  Previous work on these structures included miscellaneous repairs to the bridges steel and concrete.  The John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway, Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway and Francis Scott Key Bridge and their approach roadways and ramps were opened in 1963, 1957 and 1977 respectively. 

Other preservation projects expected to begin this summer include a bridge deck resurfacing project for the Quarantine Road bridge over I-695, a resurfacing project on northbound and southbound I-95 from Joppa Road to the Winters Run bridge, a bridge deck sealing project for nine overpasses on I-95 in Harford and Cecil counties, and a fatigue retrofit project for the Curtis Creek Drawbridge approach spans on I-695.

Portable and overhead electronic message signs will display closure and/or detour information.  For information on the MDTAs other facility preservation projects, or to view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  You can also follow TheMDTA on Twitter.  For statewide travel conditions, visit MD511.ORG or call 511.  The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!