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Here's what to look for if you are traveling in the Baltimore metropolitan area this week. This list of highway projects includes only newly announced work, not continuing construction, which is extensive on several highways, including Interstate 95, U.S. 50/301 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

New highway projects

U.S. 1 North -- Traffic from Miller Road to Sheradale Drive has been switched to the new three-lane roadway while the southbound roadway is reconstructed. There is daily two-lane traffic southbound until noon, when traffic is reversed to two lanes northbound. A concrete barrier prohibits left turns onto and from Miller Road. Miller Road will be closed for two months. Detours will be through Perry Hall Road and Pepper Hill Road. Signs will direct traffic around the affected area.

Interstate 95, from Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695) to White Marsh Boulevard -- North from the Beltway to White Marsh Boulevard, single-lane closures and two-lane closures from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. South from White Marsh Boulevard to Beltway, single-lane closures and two-lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and single-lane closures from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Other closures may occur between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. for paving and construction.

I-695, inner and outer loops -- Expect delays and single-lane closures from Belair Road to Perring Parkway during bridge construction Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Two lanes may be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for construction work.

I-695, inner and outer loops -- Through Aug. 5 expect daily lane closures for patching and paving from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m to 5 a.m. from Reisterstown Road to Greenspring Avenue.

I-695, inner loop over Falls Road -- two lanes will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for bridge deck repairs.

Route 175, from U.S. 1 to Gateway Drive -- Continuing through the fall, repaving will require single-lane closures during off-peak hours. All lanes will remain open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Interstate 68 at Rocky Gap State Park -- The State Forest and Park Service, Department of Natural Resources, recommends that anyone attending the Rocky Gap Country Bluegrass Festival should not arrive earlier than the 8 a.m. scheduled gate opening today. Early-arriving traffic will cause backups and hazards on the ramp, as well as Interstate 68.

U.S. 50/301, from Patuxent River to Severn River -- From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., expect lane closures in both directions to overlay existing pavements and to place temporary concrete barriers.

Routes 178/450, from Bestgate Road to Taylor Avenue -- Nightly lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, continuing through Nov. 1. for curb and gutter replacement, inlet upgrades, milling and resurfacing.

I-695 at U.S. 40 and Wilkens Avenue -- Ramps will be closed at Wilkens Avenue and U.S. 40 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday for milling and paving. Detours will be posted.

York Road (Route 45) -- Expect lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday between Fairmount and Bellona avenues for paving.

Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (U.S. 301) -- Through September, possible partial lane closures due to bridge painting. Expect delays.

Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) -- Roadway construction southbound lanes just beyond I-95 and I-895 split, and southbound from Eastern Avenue through Kane Street. Southbound entrance ramp at Eastern Avenue closed. Use Kane Street for access to I-95 southbound.

Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (U.S. 40) -- From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. bridge maintenance work may close one lane in each direction.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge (U.S. 50/301) -- From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting, bridge maintenance work may close one lane on either bridge. Two-way traffic may be operating on the westbound bridge. Obey overhead lane signals.

Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) -- Weather permitting, northbound, right lane will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for maintenance.

Route 450 at the Naval Academy -- Will be relocated during construction of new Severn River bridge. Signs are posted to alert motorists to the short detour. This will be in effect for two years.

Preston Street bridge over Jones Fall Expressway -- Closed between Brentwood and Mount Royal avenues for reconstruction. Bridge to reopen in January 1993.

Eastern Boulevard (Route 150) at Wilson Point Road and rTC entrance to Martin Marietta -- Brief lane closures to build larger turn lanes. This work will be finished during the fall.

Bus route changes:

The MTA has scheduled the following bus route changes for this week. Information: 539-5000; TTY for the hearing-impaired, 539-3497.

Temporary routes

No. 21 -- Because of a drug awareness rally from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of N. Gilmor St. between Presstman and Baker streets, buses will be rerouted. Eastbound buses will travel the regular route to westbound on Westwood Avenue to Calhoun Street, then west on Westwood, south on Mount Street, east on Laurens Street, south on Gilmor, then the regular route. Westbound, via the regular route northbound on Gilmor to Laurens, west on Laurens, north on Mount, east on Westwood, south on Calhoun, then east on Cumberland Street to the layover.

No. 22 (Lakewood and O'Donnell) -- A festival held by St. Casimir's Church on the south side of O'Donnell Street between Lakewood and Kenwood avenues today will temporarily reroute eastbound buses. From noon to 6 p.m., buses will travel via regular route to O'Donnell Street and Linwood Avenue, north on Linwood, west on Dillon Street, south on Lakewood, then east on O'Donnell to Streeper Street. No change westbound.

No. 21, 36 -- Next Sunday, Aug. 9, eastbound buses on the No. 21 line will return to the regular route using the Chase Street Bridge and northbound buses on the No. 36 line will return to the regular route using the Fallsway Bridge now that reconstruction of both is complete.

No. 150 -- Until further notice, the route of westbound buses has been changed because of construction on Saratoga Street. Buses will temporarily travel the regular route northbound on Eutaw Street to Saratoga, then north on Eutaw, west on Franklin Street, west on the I-170 Expressway, the via the regular route.

Continuing diversions

A farmers market in Towson every Thursday through October will close Allegheny Avenue between Washington Avenue and Joppa Road, rerouting buses from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

No. 3 (Sheppard Pratt) -- Northbound via regular route to Joppa Road and Virginia Avenue, south on Virginia, west on Pennsylvania Avenue, south on Washington, then via regular route. Southbound via regular route to Washington and Chesapeake avenues, east on Chesapeake, north on Virginia, east on Joppa Road, then via regular eastbound route.

No. 8 (Stella Maris) -- Southbound via regular route to Dulaney Valley and York roads, south on York, west on Pennsylvania, south on Washington, then via regular route. No change northbound.

No. 23 (Victory Villa) -- Buses are operating on a temporary route because construction has closed Compass Road west of Middle River Road. Westbound buses leave the layover point on Middle River Road at Compass and travel north on Middle River, east on Compass, south on Henderson Road, east on Victoria Road, north on West Hickam Road, west on Compass, south on Middle River, east on Martin Boulevard, then via regular route. No change eastbound.

No. 55 -- Eastbound via regular route to Washington and Chesapeake, east on Chesapeake, north on Virginia, east on Joppa, then via regular route. Westbound via regular route to Joppa and Virginia, south on Virginia, west on Pennsylvania, south on Washington, then via regular route.

Route change

No. 44 (Gwynn Oak Park/Hollander Ridge service) -- Buses are being rerouted because the Gwynn Oak bus loop is being resurfaced. Westbound via regular route on the loop, continuing west on Gwynn Oak Avenue, south on Inglewood Avenue to layover point before Walnut Avenue. Eastbound from layover, south on Inglewood Avenue, southeast on Kriel Avenue, north on Gwynn Oak Avenue to the loop, then via regular route.

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