Construction of a new park-and-ride near the I-95 interchange at Routes 24 and 924 is slated to begin June 15 and last about a year, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced.
The park-and-ride is part of a $1.1 billion program to extend express toll lanes on northbound I-95 from Route 43 in White March into Harford County, which the MDTA says will alleviate delays and improve travel along northbound I-95 between Baltimore and Harford counties.
The park-and-ride will be located at the intersection of Route 924 and Woodsdale Road in Abingdon, adjacent to the I-95 interchange. The lot will consist of 265 spaces and will enhance bus and transit connections for the community, according to an MDTA news release.
Access to the park-and-ride will be provided along Route 924 using a right-in and right-out entrance and exit. Additional access will be provided on Woodsdale Road.
The lot is expected to be operational by summer 2021. Traffic operations on Route 924 and Woodsdale Road will be maintained, with some off-peak daytime and nighttime closures during construction, according to MDTA.
This park-and-ride is one of two in Harford County affected by the Express Toll Lanes Northbound Extension Program.
MDTA officials will host a virtual public meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday on its website to solicit and present public comment on the relocation of the Route 152 park-and-ride lot. The agency will also reveal site options for the park-and-ride at the meeting.
The Route 152 lot is slated to be relocated from the intersection of I-95 and Mountain Road because of the toll lane extension project, which is expected to be open to Route 152 by the end of 2023.
However, residents took issue with the original relocation site — near the Royal Farms store where Route 152 crosses Franklinville Road — stating it would cause an increase in traffic on Franklinville and Old Joppa roads.
In Februrary, the Harford County Council unanimously approved a resolution encouraging the MDTA to reevaluate the proposed relocation.
Construction work is also continuing through June along a portion of northbound I-95 before exit 77A as part of the toll lane project.
Since late April, that stretch has been divided with a concrete barrier, allowing MDTA to add an 8,200-foot auxiliary lane that will connect the Route 152 on-ramp with the Route 24 off-ramp, "providing better traffic operations and a safer transition for vehicles using these interchange ramps,” the agency said. Northbound I-95 is also being resurfaced in that construction area.
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For more information about the toll lane expansion project, visit mdta.maryland.gov/I95ETLNB/home.html.