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I-895 construction, lane closures to begin Tuesday in Baltimore

The $189 million replacement of the Interstate 895 bridge north of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel — and expected heavy delays as the expressway is narrowed to one lane in either direction for three years — is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

As the 60-year-old bridge is replaced, the northbound lanes of I-895 will close from the tunnel to O’Donnell Street, and the two southbound lanes will be converted to two-way traffic through spring 2020. Once the northbound span has been rebuilt, it will carry two-way traffic through spring 2021 while the southbound span is replaced.

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“This is going to have a significant impact on people’s travel,” Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said when the closure was announced earlier this month. “People are going to notice.”

Major delays are expected on Interstate 895 beginning later this month and continuing for the next three years, as the Maryland Transportation Authority limits the expressway to one lane in each direction for a $189 million replacement of the bridge north of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel.

The state is recommending people use Interstate 95 or the I-695 beltway as an alternative to I-895 unless they need to reach one of its exits. The Holabird Avenue exit ramp from the bridge also will be replaced — and closed during the project, disrupting truck traffic to the port of Baltimore and warehouses such as Amazon’s in the area.

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