Nearly Half-Billion Coming To Baltimore-Area Highways

The State plans to invest $461 million in design-build, capacity-increasing projects in the Baltimore area, Governor Larry Hogan announced on Tuesday. The improvements would include additional lanes along 27 miles on I-95 and the Baltimore Beltway (I-695).

According to the release, the three projects include:

  • $151 million for Innovative Congestion Relief on both inner and outer loops of I-695 from I-70 to MD 43, shifting the inside shoulder into a new available lane of traffic. Adaptive ramp metering also will be employed throughout the limits of the project, which is approximately 19 miles.
  • $100 million for the design and construction of a new configuration of the I-695 and I-70 interchange, often referred to as the “triple bridges.” This will bring significant traffic relief to the entire Baltimore area and directly addresses six of the top 15 congested road segments in the state.
  • $210 million to extend the northbound I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) for 7.75 miles from north of MD 43 in Baltimore County to MD 24 in Harford County.

The latest initiative is in addition to the plan released in September to add four new lanes to I-270 and I-495 via a $7.6 billion public private partnership, dubbed by the Administration as “the largest highway P3 in North America.”