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Beltway inner loop to be closed overnight for 5 days north of city

The inner loop of the Baltimore Beltway north of the city will be completely closed to traffic during overnight hours next week, as crews demolish the last of the old interchange bridges near Interstate 95, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The work is part of a $1.1 billion project to install new electronic toll lanes and improve traffic flow and safety in the spaghetti-like interchange in Rossville, where the beltway, or Interstate 695, intersects with I-95.

The bridge being demolished used to carry I-95 traffic over the beltway, said John Sales, a MdTA spokesman. Many bridges in the interchange were completely replaced as part of the project.

The new toll lanes will offer a faster ride for drivers willing to pay, and are expected to open late next year, the MdTA said.

The beltway closures will begin Sunday and last through Thursday, and will be in place between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., the MdTA said.

All traffic will be detoured to take northbound I-95 to westbound White Marsh Boulevard, then onto southbound I-95 before finally ending up back on the inner loop, the MdTA said.

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