I-95 work to bring lane closings, detours
The Maryland Transportation Authority is launching a road resurfacing project on Interstate 95 south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel that expected to force regular lane closings and detours over the next 18 months.
The $12.4 million project affects a 2-mile stretch of I-95 between the city line and a point just north of Washington Boulevard, as well as the Caton and Joh avenue overpasses. Though the authority plans to keep four travel lanes open on I-95 during peak travel times, it said motorists should expect lane closings on the main roadway at night and on weekends.
Starting this fall, the parallel ramp between Caton Avenue and Russell Street will be closed for about two months. The authority also expects periodic closings and detours at the Caton Avenue (Exit 50) and Washington Boulevard (Exit 51) ramps.
The bridges that take Caton Avenue over I-95 will be narrowed from three lanes in each direction to two during the project, which is expected to be completed in late 2011 or early 2012. The Joh Avenue bridge over I-95 will be reduced from two lanes in each direction to one.
In addition to the resurfacing work, the authority plans to repair the tall light poles between the city line and the southern entrance to the tunnel. Old signage will be replaced, and electronic message signs will be installed in both directions between the southern interchange with the Beltway and Russell Street on I-95.
Also included in the project are drain improvements, safety upgrades and repairs to the Caton and Joh avenue bridges.