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Expect lane closures as pavement repair starts on Interstate 95

Roadwork slated for stretch between Howard County line and Baltimore

11:30 AM EDT, October 8, 2012

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Motorists using Interstate 95 in southwestern Baltimore County, between the Howard County line and Baltimore City, should be on alert for pavement repair work throughout the fall.

Work was set to begin last week but evening rain showers delayed the start of the project, according to Dave Buck, a spokesman for the State Highway Administration.

Lane closures will begin at 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and continue until 5 a.m., Buck said, noting that Ravens (and maybe Orioles) schedules will be taken into account and closures delayed until game traffic clears.

Single lane closures may begin at 7 p.m., with double lane closures beginning at 9 p.m. and ending by 5 a.m. the next day. Triple lane closures, if necessary, may occur between midnight and 4 a.m.

Crews will work weeknights, as temperatures permit, through the fall. The work will begin on northbound I-95 at the Howard County line and proceed north toward Baltimore City.

Once the work is complete on northbound I-95, crews will begin work on the south side, as long as warm weather continues.

"We'll work until temperatures don't allow it. We need 45 degrees at night," he said.

Buck said work on the southbound lanes probably won't begin until next spring's warmer weather.

Crews will patch sections of damaged pavement along I-95 and resurface lanes approaching the bridges carrying I-95 over:

• Patapsco River (Baltimore County side);

• I-195 (Metropolitan Boulevard);

• Oakland Road; Carville and Oregon avenues;

• US 1 (Southwestern Boulevard), AMTRAK/MARC, and Potomac Avenue;

• Sulphur Spring Road;

• I-695 (Baltimore Beltway), including interchange ramps.

SHA recommends that travelers plan ahead for extra travel time and anticipate late night travel delays.

Signs will be posted along I-95, but Buck recommended using alternate routes, including the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Route 1 or Route 29.

A second I-95 project is due to begin — and be completed — in October. The southbound I-95 bridge over I-195 is being resurfaced. The northbound side is done and the southbound bridge deck should be completed by the end of the month, weather permitting. Only one lane at a time will be closed, according to Buck.

The I-95 pavement repair work is part of SHA's $5.8 million project to improve safety and ride quality along interstate routes within Baltimore County.

The county-wide project is expected to be completed in fall 2014.

For information about the I-95 pavement repair project, contact SHA's District 4 Office at 410-229-2420 or 1-866-998-0367 or email shadistrict4@sha.state.md.us