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Bridge work to restrict Wilkens Ave. traffic at Beltway

Wilkens Avenue at the Baltimore Beltway will be subject to overnight lane closures and shutdowns this week as construction crews erect steel girders for a new interchange bridge, the State Highway Administration said.

The state is spending $13 million to replace the obsolete Beltway Inner Loop bridge over Wilkens Avenue, which was built in 1956 and widened in 1963. The project also includes upgrading roadway lighting and installing lighting beneath the bridge; building new sidewalks, curbs and gutters; and widening a small portion of Wilkens Avenue for bicycle traffic.

All lanes on northbound and southbound Interstate 695 in southwestern Baltimore County will remain open during the girder work. In case of inclement weather, the work will take place the week of Aug. 5, the SHA said.

Work zone speed cameras have been deployed along I-695 near the Wilkens Avenue interchange. Drivers exceeding the speed limit by 12 mph or more will receive $40 tickets.

candy.thomson@baltson.com

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