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November 14, 2011

Projects launched at Key Bridge, tunnel thruway

The Maryland Transportation Authority is launching two multi-million-dollar preservation projects on two of its Baltimore-area toll facilities -- the Francis Scot Key Bridge and the Harbor Tunnel Thruway.

The authority plans to spend $6.8 million to clean and paint exposed steel surfaces, repair drainage troughs and make other repairs at the Key Bridge. The work is expected to be finished in summer 2013.

 Another $3 million will go toward underwater repairs and other maintenance work on the Interstate 895 bridge over the Patapsco River -- about 2 1/2 miles south of the Harbor Tunnel. According to the agency, there has been some erosion in the bridge structure in the river. The project is expected to be completed in fall 2013.


The projects are financed with toll revenue collected at the authority's eight highways, bridges and tunnels. The agency said the work may involve lane closings at off-peak travel times, but not on days leading up to or following major holidays.


Posted by Michael Dresser at 3:52 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Maryland toll facilities


Sorry, Michael, but I don't understand your third paragraph. The only Interstate highway bridge over the Patapsco River is the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which carries I-695, and is located about 2.5 miles south of the the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. I-895 is the Harbor Tunnel Thruway. I don't think there can be an I-895 bridge over the Patapsco River. But if the third paragraph is meant to amplify on the work being done on the FSK Bridge, your blog piece contains no detail on the work that will be done to the BHT Thruway. Can you please clarify?

COMMENT: Yes, there is a bridge over the Patspsco River on Interstate 895, according to my ADC map book. The northern leg of I-895 crosses the river just west of the spot where it joins up with the southern leg of I-895 that connects with Interstate 97. That bridge is where the authority is doing work to remedy underwater erosion.

I believe Michael is referring to that long stretch of bridge just beyond the I-895 Spur that appear to go over some marsh-type land, bend to the west, and the end just before the exit for MD-295 (the BW Parkway).

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About Michael Dresser
Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.

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