FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 3, 2012

Contact:          Kelly Melhem or John Sales

                        410-537-1017

PRESERVATION PROJECTS ON I-95, I-895 and I-695 OVERPASSES AND RAMPS

BALTIMORE, MD The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces the start of nearly $11 million in 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.

A 1.5 year, $6.4 million project to preserve seven overpass and ramp bridges on I-95 south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, in the area of Russell Street, is being performed by Concrete General of Gaithersburg, Md.  Work involves repairs to steel girders and cleaning and painting steel beam ends to address current wear and prevent future wear.  In addition to off-peak lane closures, temporary overnight closures and detours of the ramps from southbound Monroe Street to southbound MD 295 and from southbound I-95 to southbound MD 295 are anticipated.

On the southern portion of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway (I-895), in the area of Washington Boulevard (US 1), a $3.2 million project to clean and paint five overpass and ramp bridges will take place through this fall.  Titan Industrial Services of Baltimore is performing the work, which will help maintain the bridges structural integrity.  Work may necessitate temporary off-peak lane closures or detours on northbound and southbound I-895 at US 1, including the US 1 ramps, in order for crews to install and remove painting containment.

South of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, Reglas Painting Company, Inc., of Baltimore is performing work on 11 overpass bridges on I-695 in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County.  The majority of the work involves cleaning and painting of all steel surfaces and will be conducted below the bridges.  Shoulder closures and off-peak lane closures may be implemented as needed.  The $1.3 million project, expected to be complete this fall, will help maintain the bridges structural integrity. 

The Fort McHenry Tunnel, Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway and Francis Scott Key Bridge and their approach roadways and ramps were opened in 1985, 1957 and 1977 respectively.

Motorists should be aware of electronic message signs that 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.  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!!