FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 27, 2012
Contact: Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem, 410-537-1017
GOVERNOR O'MALLEY ANNOUNCES I-95/MD 43 RECONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY
Project Adds 400 New Jobs to Maryland
BALTIMORE, MD As part of the I-95 Express Toll LanesSM (ETLsSM), a $142.6 million project to reconstruct the I-95/MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) interchange has begun. Work involves widening I-95, replacing the MD 43 bridges over I-95 and linking the future I-95 ETLs with MD 43. The I-95/MD 43 interchange reconstruction is critical to bringing relief along the most congested part of I-95 north of Baltimore and its providing jobs at a critical time for our families and economy, said Governor OMalley. Improving this portion of Marylands infrastructure has not only created 400 new jobs, it will provide Baltimore County residents and MD 43 motorists access to and from the I-95 ETLs, enhancing operations and safety at the interchange for years to come.
The Maryland Transportation Authoritys (MDTA) I-95 ETLs Project is located along eight miles of I-95 from the I-95/I-895 interchange in northeast Baltimore to just north of MD 43. Once complete, motorists will have the choice to travel the general-purpose lanes at no cost as they do today or pay a toll to use the ETLs, which will be managed for relatively congestion-free traffic flow.
These interchange improvements and the ETLs will work together to help alleviate congestion, especially during peak-travel times, and provide more reliable travel times for picking up children, making deliveries or attending meetings, said MDTA Chairman Beverley K. Swaim-Staley. The ETLs will not only benefit those choosing to pay tolls to use these lanes, but also will reduce the number of vehicles in the general-purpose lanes.
When complete, the ETLs can be accessed from the north from just north of MD 43 and at the I-95/MD 43 interchange and from the south at the I-895/Moravia Road interchange, from I-895 south of I-95 and from I-95 south of I-895.
The MDTA awarded the I-95/MD 43 contract to Cherry Hill Construction of Jessup, Md. The $1.03 billion I-95 ETLs project began in 2006 and is scheduled to be complete in 2014. The project has received numerous awards, including a 2011 Achievement Award from the National Partnership for Highway Quality. For additional information, visit I95ExpressTollLanes.com. For statewide travel conditions, visit MD511.org or call 511.