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Three-year construction project begins on I-695 in Balto. Co.

Construction to widen and resurface lanes and redesign exit patterns along a 1-mile stretch of Interstate 695 in Baltimore County began this week and is expected to continue through the summer of 2017, according to the State Highway Administration.

The $34.4 million project, part of a slate of recent highway investments paid for under the state's Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act, will affect the inner and outer loops of the highway between Harford Road and Perring Parkway. The stretch of highway cuts through Parkville and Carney in the county, northeast of Baltimore and east of Towson.

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Temporary lane and ramp closures will occur in the area throughout the project's duration, particularly during off-peak hours. Those were described as weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and weeknights between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., the SHA said.

About 160,825 vehicles use the section of highway each day, the SHA said, and that number is expected to rise to more than 181,000 by 2030.

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The work will increase safety by creating new auxiliary lanes for drivers to enter and exit the highway in designated areas, the SHA said.

It will also get rid of the cloverleaf exit pattern from eastbound I-695 onto southbound Harford Road; replace the existing Old Harford Road bridge over I-695; improve medians and traffic signals on Harford Road; introduce new water management systems and lighting; and provide for reforestation in the area.

The first phase of the project will focus on widening eastbound and westbound I-695 and replacing the the Old Harford Road bridge. The existing bridge will remain open as the new one is constructed.

The contractor is the Six-M Company, of Delta, Pa.

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Work also is expected to begin next week on a $56.7 million project, also paid for under the new transportation act, to replace two bridges carrying I-695 over Benson Avenue and over Leeds Avenue, U.S. 1 and Amtrak lines in the Arbutus area.

The work will improve safety and reduce congestion and also include the construction of a new ramp from U.S. 1 to the inner loop of I-695, the SHA said.

The SHA expects the work, which coincides with new safety measures being introduced on both Leeds and Benson avenues, to last through the middle of 2017.

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