Motorists on Wilkens Avenue should be prepared for overnight road closures as the Maryland State Highway Administration plans to temporarily close the street at Interstate 695 (Baltimore Beltway).
Work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday evening, April 3, and continue overnight for approximately 10 days, weather permitting.
The temporary closure will allow crews to set new structural steel beams over Wilkens Avenue for the second half of the new northbound (inner loop) of the Baltimore Beltway bridge over Wilkens Avenue.
Crews will work at night, Sunday through Thursday, until all steel beams are in place.
Traffic going east on Wilkens Avenue from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be detoured at the Beltway ramp onto the outer loop of the Beltway to Exit 12A (Leeds Avenue) to northbound I-695 (inner loop) to Exit 12 B/C back to eastbound Wilkens Avenue.
Traffic going west on Wilkens Avenue from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be detoured at Kenwood Avenue to inner loop of the Beltway to exit 14 (Edmondson Avenue), to southbound I-695 (outer loop) to exit 12 B/C back to westbound Wilkens Avenue
All lanes will remain open on I-695 over Wilkens Avenue during the overnight bridge work.
Crews will open all lanes of traffic on Wilkens Avenue no later than 5 a.m. each day.
In case of inclement weather, the overnight closures on Wilkens Avenue will resume Sunday night, April 8.
Nearly 23,000 vehicles use this section of Wilkens Avenue daily, according to the SHA.
Motorists traveling late at night are encouraged to plan for extra travel time on the detour routes.
The late-night road closures are part of a $13 million construction project to replace the northbound I-695 bridge over Wilkens Avenue.
The first half of the new bridge was completed in November 2012.
The project is scheduled to be completed in the fall, weather permitting.
SHA will use electronic message boards, construction barrels and cones, and arrow boards to guide motorists through the work zone.
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