FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2014
Contact: John Sales, 410-537-1017
LEFT LANE TO REOPEN AND RIGHT LANE TO CLOSE
ON RAMP FROM SOUTHBOUND I-395 TO SOUTHBOUND I-95
MAJOR DELAYS EXPECTED on Southbound I-395 Exiting Baltimore City;
Use Alternate Routes to Reach I-95 or Consider Public Transportation
WHAT: The right lane of the ramp from southbound I-395 to southbound I-95 exiting Baltimore City will be closed continuously (24/7). The left lane, which closed in mid-June, will now reopen before the right lane closes.
Plan ahead and expect major delays on southbound I-395 during peak periods especially during weekday evening rush hours. Consider using public transportation or use the following alternate routes when exiting downtown:
- Light Street to 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.
WHEN: The southbound I-395 right lane closure will occur from Saturday, July 26 (starting after 9 p.m.) continuously through mid-August. All dates and times are approximate and dependent on weather.
WHY: Toll Dollars At Work. The new traffic patterns are part of the Maryland Transportation Authoritys (MDTA) two-year, $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 in Baltimore City.
Currently, traffic lanes on southbound I-95 split around the work zone between MD 295 and the I-395 on-ramp: all three lanes to the left. This condition will remain until mid-August. In addition, four traffic lanes on northbound I-95 split around the work zone between the Caton Avenue on-ramp and the Fort McHenry Tunnel: two lanes to the left and two lanes to the right. Motorists in the two left lanes will NOT be able to use Exits 52 (Russell Street), 53 (Northbound I-395), 54 (Hanover Street) and 55 (Key Highway) and must enter the Fort McHenry Tunnel and pay the toll. KEEP RIGHT TO ACCESS ALL BALTIMORE EXITS. This condition will remain until late August.
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. Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA. The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience.