FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 14, 2012

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

EXPECT DELAYS WITH NEW TRAFFIC PATTERNS ON QUARANTINE ROAD OVER I-695
Resurfacing project begins on or about Aug. 20

BALTIMORE, MD - Necessary work to preserve and resurface the Quarantine Road bridge over I-695 just south of the Francis Scott Key Bridge will lead to travel delays and shifting traffic patterns beginning on or about Aug. 20.  The Quarantine Road bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction continuously for approximately five months.  The ramp from the INNER LOOP (westbound I-695) to Quarantine Road (Exit 1) also will be reduced from two lanes to one.

Traffic delays are anticipated in and around the work zone.  Currently, travel lanes on the Quarantine Road bridge consist of two 11-foot lanes in each direction; these travel lanes will be reduced to one 13-foot lane in each direction.  Concrete barrier walls will separate traffic from the work zone and opposing vehicles.  Temporary off-peak single-lane and shoulder closures on I-695 approaching Exit 1 may be needed.  No trucks over 11-feet wide will be permitted on the Quarantine Road bridge throughout the project, which is expected to end in December 2012.  

Construction includes removing the existing concrete deck surface and replacing it with a Latex Modified Concrete overlay, removing and replacing roadway joints and concrete barrier walls, installing drainage improvements, cleaning and painting structural steel, and performing miscellaneous structural repairs.

The nearly $3 million project is being performed by The Marksmen Company of Baltimore.  The Quarantine Road bridge over I-695 was constructed in 1972.  This is the first time the bridge has undergone this type of work.  A separate project, the I-695/Quarantine Road Interchange Improvement Project, was completed earlier this year.

Also expected to begin later this summer is a fatigue retrofit project to repair steel girders on the Curtis Creek Drawbridge (I-695) approach spans.  The current deck replacement project on the Curtis Creek Drawbridge is nearing completion.

Portable and overhead electronic message signs will display closure and/or detour 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.  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!!

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