Drivers on Interstate 95 near Laurel can expect delays Sunday through Thursday nights as the State Highway Administration is closing a section of I-95 overnight to allow for bridge construction as part of the last stage of the Intercounty Connector, or Route 200. The overnight closings, scheduled to begin Jan. 13, were delayed to Jan. 15 because of the weather. The closings are expected to continue, weather permitting, at least through mid-March, according to SHA.
The work begins nightly at 7 p.m. and affects one, two or three lanes. But between midnight and 4 a.m., all lanes in one direction will be closed once or twice each night for 15 to 30 minutes, SHA officials said. The closings are part of the work to set steel beams for a new bridge over I-95 on Contee Road.
The work began over southbound I-95, which will take about one month. SHA released the following schedule: one lane closed at 7 p.m.; two lanes at 11 p.m.; three lanes at midnight; and all lanes of traffic between midnight and 4 a.m. for up to two 15- to 30-minute periods. The ramps from Route 198 to I-95 may be closed temprarily during the night work, but all lanes of traffic should be open by 5 a.m. the following day, according to SHA.
SHA expects to begin installing the steel beams over northbound I-95 around mid-February, which should also take one month. The closing schedule for that portion of work is: one lane closed at 8 p.m.; two lanes at 11 p.m.; three lanes at midnight; and all lanes between midnight and 4 a.m. for up to two 15- to 30-minute periods. All lanes should be open by 6 a.m. the following day during the northbound night closings, according to SHA.
Contractor American Infrastructure, of Fallston, is working on the $35.5 million interchange construction project that will link I-95 and Contee Road.
The SHA suggested drivers use alternate routes during the night work, such as Route 29, Route 1 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
For more information, call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511, or go to http://www.md511.org.
This story has been updated.