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Southwest I-695 lanes near Frederick Road on-ramp closed this weekend; ramp will reopen Monday

The State Highway Administration is asking drivers to avoid traveling along the section of southbound Interstate 695 in Catonsville this weekend, as crews continue work on the ramp to Frederick Road on Friday.

Two lanes of the three-lane section of the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway will close at 7 p.m. Friday while crews finish paving work to tie in the new right lane of I-695 southbound to the newly reconstructed ramp leading to Frederick Road.

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The ramp, which has been closed since last summer, will reopen along with all highway lanes by 5 a.m. Monday, as long as the weather cooperates, SHA said in a news release.

If there is inclement weather, the construction project traffic shift and ramp reopening will take place the following weekend, Oct. 23 to 25.

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Digital message signs will alert travelers to the weekend work in advance and update traffic conditions throughout the weekend.

SHA is advising drivers to instead use Interstate 70, Route 29 and MD 100 as alternates this weekend when traveling between Towson and destinations that are south of the work zone.

The ramp has been closed since August last year, part of a $68 million project to widen 1.4 miles of the southwest outer loop between Exit 15 south of Baltimore National Pike and Exit 13 on MD 144.

The widening project, when finished, will provide four continuous through lanes as well as auxiliary lanes, and paving to allow for the future construction of a managed lane. When the project is finished, the outer loop and inner loop of I-695 in this area will have the same number of lanes.

The project is expected to be completed by late fall 2021.

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