Traffic-causing lane closure on I-395 to end this weekend

The congestion-causing closure of a lane carrying Interstate 395 traffic south out of the city onto southbound Interstate 95 will come to an end late Friday or early Saturday morning, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Lanes on southbound I-95 will shift once more as well, starting tonight. The work is part of a two-year project to replace concrete decks and roadway joints on I-95.

The right lane of the I-395 exit ramp onto I-95 will reopen sometimes between 9 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. on Saturday, depending on weather, the MdTA said.

Prior to the closure of the right lane, the left lane of the exit ramp had been closed. Both closures have driven long back-ups into the city during the afternoon commute, as drivers exit the city to the south in large numbers.

Earlier this summer, the closures had overlapped with construction on southbound Russell Street, which exacerbated downtown congestion even more.

Work on southbound I-95 will shift tonight to the left shoulder of the highway, and all four travel lanes will shift to the right, the MdTA said. That pattern will remain in effect until late September.

Lanes on northbound I-95 will remain split, with two on the right and two on the left between Caton Avenue and the Fort McHenry Tunnel. The pattern will remain in effect until late August.

New traffic patterns will follow on both sides of the highway. The overall $66 million construction project on I-95 is expected to last through the middle of 2016.

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