Maryland road projects to watch this week


The northbound I-95 lanes will split in Baltimore, the Capital Beltway will temporarily close overnights in Silver Spring and Cedar Lane is blocked in Bethesda.

Construction projects in the the Baltimore and D.C. areas will mess with travel plans this week.

In Baltimore, the traffic pattern on northbound Interstate 95 will change and a speed camera will be installed. On the Capital Beltway, all lanes in Silver Spring will be closed for 15-minute periods overnights. In Bethesda, a street just north of the medical center is blocked off for most of the summer.

I-95 in Baltimore
The Maryland Transportation Authority is going to split the lanes on northbound I-95 as part of the reconstruction of the bridge deck through the middle of the city.

I-95 lane split
MDTA image shows the lane split on the northbound side of I-95.

The split around the work zone between the Canton Caton Avenue on-ramp and the Fort McHenry Tunnel is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Monday and continue through mid-July. If you’re going to events in Baltimore, stay to the right of the split. Drivers in the left lane won’t be able to use exits 52 through 55. Those are the exits for Camden Yards, the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, downtown Baltimore and Fort McHenry.

Beginning Tuesday, a speed camera will be deployed along the four-mile work zone on the northbound side. For the first 21 days, the camera unit will issue warning notices to the registered owners of vehicles going at least 12 mph over the 50 mph speed limit. After that, it’s $40 tickets.

Be alert for other changes in this are through the summer. On June 20, for example, the ramp from southbound I-395 to southbound I-95 will be cut to a single lane for about two months. This is the ramp many drivers use to get from Camden Yards and Inner Harbor back to the D.C. area.

Capital Beltway
The Maryland State Highway Administration is rebuilding the bridge that takes University Boulevard over the Beltway. This has disrupted the traffic pattern on the bridge and temporarily closed lanes on the Beltway at off-peak hours. But Monday through Thursday nights this week, the project also will close all lanes in each direction on the Beltway for occasional periods up to 15 minutes between midnight and 4 a.m. Workers will remove girders from the bridge.

Drivers will begin to see work zone signs — and brake lights, too — as they approach Exit 28 (New Hampshire Avenue) from the outer loop side or Exit 30 (Colesville Road) from the inner loop side.

Bethesda BRAC project
The State Highway Administration has closed a 1,000-foot section of Cedar Lane between Rockville Pike and Elmhirst Parkway, just north of the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda. The closing, scheduled to continue till no later than Aug. 22, will allow workers to replace underground pipes and install a new traffic signal, but it’s part of a larger project to improve the Rockville Pike/Cedar Lane intersection. The intersection has been more heavily used since the federal Base Realignment and Consolidation expanded use of the medical center.

During the closing on Cedar Lane, drivers will be directed to Strathmore Avenue/Knowles Avenue), Rockville Pike and Summit Avenue. They won’t be able to reach Elmhirst Parkway from Cedar Lane.

Ride On bus Route 34, which takes passengers between the Wheaton and Medical Center Metro stations, will bypass Cedar Lane between Parkhill and Beach drives, skipping three stops in each direction. A map on the Ride On Web site shows the Route 34 detour.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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