Area residents are invited to attend a two-hour presentation on the Maryland State Highway Administration's plans for ramps and bridge replacements on the Baltimore Beltway.

The May 23 session will be 6-8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Arbutus Middle School, 5525 Shelbourne Road.

Displays will be set up describing the design for a relocated ramp from Route 1 over Leeds Avenue and the replacement of two I-695 inner loop bridges over Benson Avenue, Leeds Avenue, Route 1 and Amtrak tracks, according a newsletter the SHA sent to area residents.

Representatives from the SHA will be available to answer questions. There will be no formal presentation during Wednesday's event.


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The new ramp will replace an existing ramp from Leeds Avenue and will provide a direct connection to the inner loop of the Beltway and US 1.

It will be in the same area as the existing ramp off Leeds and will span Leeds Avenue.

Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2014 and it will be open to traffic in the fall of 2015, according to the newsletter.

The work on the bridges is to replace inner loop bridges originally built in 1957 and widened in 1970, according to the newsletter.

The outer loop bridges were replaced approximately five years ago, according to the newsletter.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2014 and it will be open to all traffic in the fall of 2015, according to the newsletter.

For information, go to http://www.roads.maryland.gov and click on "Projects & Studies" then "SHA Projects Page." Select "Baltimore County" and "I-695 Baltimore Beltway" then "I-95 to Crosby Road-Inner Loop."