FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 1, 2014

 Contact:         John Sales

                        410-537-1017

FOURTH OF JULY TRAVEL INFORMATION
FOR I-95/I-395 IN BALTIMORE CITY
Left Lane Closed 24/7 on Southbound I-395 Ramp to Southbound I-95 

BALTIMORE, MD  As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists traveling the I-95/I-395 corridor this holiday about the ongoing construction project and related lane shifts and closures south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

The ramp from southbound I-395 to southbound I-95 exiting Baltimore City is reduced to one lane continuously (24/7) until mid-August.  Only one lane will be open to traffic on July 4th and through the weekend.  Use the following alternate routes when exiting downtown this holiday weekend:

  • Key Highway to McComas Street, to northbound and southbound I-95;
  • Russell Street to southbound I-95;
  • Washington Boulevard to southbound I-95; and
  • Lombard Street to Monroe Street, to Wilkens Avenue, to Caton Avenue, to southbound I-95.

Currently, traffic lanes on southbound I-95 are split around the work zone between MD 295 and the I-395 on-ramp: two lanes to the left and one lane to the right.  This condition will remain the same on July 4th and through the weekend.  On Tuesday, July 8 (after 9 p.m.), the traffic pattern will change and traffic lanes will shift to the left of the work zone with all three lanes to the left on southbound I-95.  This condition will remain until mid-August.

Three lanes left of work zone.

Currently, traffic lanes on northbound I-95 split around the work zone between the Caton Avenue on-ramp and the Fort McHenry Tunnel: one lane to the left and three lanes to the right.  Use the right lanes for Baltimore exits 52-55 and the left lane only for traffic through the tunnel (no exit before toll).  This condition will remain until mid-July.

The work zone is for MDTA’s $66 million project to remove and replace the existing concrete deck (riding) surface and roadway joints on mainline I-95 and the ramps serving I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue (Exit 50).  This preservation project, funded completely by toll revenue and expected to last two construction seasons, includes lane shifts on mainline I-95, reduced lane widths, elimination of shoulders and full-time and part-time ramp closures and detours around the work zone.

Reminders: The MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures from Thursday, July 3, at 5 a.m. through Monday, July 7, at 9 a.m.

If driving on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95), the new Maryland House is open for service and the Chesapeake House is closed for reconstruction.  The Chesapeake House reopens Summer/Fall 2014.

For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:

  • Do not park along highway shoulders or stop on bridges to watch fireworks.
  • On Friday, July 4, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Baltimore City has implemented a temporary truck restriction for the Downtown and Inner Harbor areas.  Trucks entering Baltimore City on I-395 or Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard will be directed to continue north of Fayette Street or west of MLK.
  • Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-use control signals.
  • Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text or use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
  • State Law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint. 
  • Keep a safe following distance to avoid rear-end collisions.
  • Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  • Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see. 
  • Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  • State Law requires vehicles to Move-over when passing an emergency situation.  If you are unable to move over, slow down.

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  Know Before You Go!  Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.

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