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Work on new park-and-ride at Routes 24 and 924 in Abingdon to begin Monday

Construction will begin June 15 on a new park-and-ride lot near the I-95 interchange with Routes 24 and 924 in Abingdon.
Construction will begin June 15 on a new park-and-ride lot near the I-95 interchange with Routes 24 and 924 in Abingdon. (Courtesy Maryland Transportation Authority)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

For more information about the toll lane expansion project, visit mdta.maryland.gov/I95ETLNB/home.html.

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