FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 11, 2012

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

STEEL REPAIR PROJECT BEGINS ON CURTIS CREEKDRAWBRIDGE APPROACH SPANS

BALTIMORE, MD - The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces a $1.5 million project to perform steel girder repairs to the approach spans of the I-695 drawbridge over Curtis Creek, between Quarantine Road (Exit 1) and MD 10 (Exit 2), beginning this month.  This preservation project, anticipated to last approximately six months and funded completely by toll revenue, is part of the MDTAs commitment to preserving and maintaining the States aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways.

Construction includes repairs to the steel girders (structural steel) on the approach spans, the areas on either side of the main drawbridge section.  Contractor Joseph B. Fay Company of Baltimore will also clean and paint the structural steel of the repaired areas.

Single-lane closures may be in effect on the INNER LOOP and OUTER LOOP of I-695 during the following off-peak hours: daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.  No closures are permitted the day of, preceding or following a major holiday.

The INNER LOOP of the I-695 Curtis Creek Drawbridge (one-lane of traffic in each direction) was opened when the Francis Scott Key Bridge opened in 1977.  The OUTER LOOP drawbridge span was added in 1979, resulting in two lanes of travel in each direction.  The current deck replacement project on the Curtis Creek drawbridge, which began last January, is nearing completion this month.

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 mdta.maryland.gov.  For statewide travel conditions, visit MD511.ORG or call 511.  Follow TheMDTA on Twitter. 

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