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Started by Alps, May 22, 2011, 12:10:09 AM

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epzik8

Quote from: MASTERNC on June 02, 2024, 10:43:18 AMLooks like work on the Belvidere Road interchange on I-95 will be ramping up. Thought they broke ground well over a year ago. Barrier on the shoulder has been there for a few weeks and speed camera signage/barriers are ready to go.

Yeah, there's been that bridge sitting over the work site since then.
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epzik8

The design aesthetic of the northbound 95 sound barrier between the LGF and 152 is pretty wild, I thought it would be covered up later in construction but I guess it's the actual design.
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Has this sign on 40 west in east Baltimore been documented on this forum?
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MASTERNC

Unless the legislature or Governor pushes through an increase to fund outside projects (as was discussed at one point), sounds like the next toll increase may not be needed for three years per the latest MDTA meeting materials.  That's even with the MDTA losing about $140 million in toll revenue from the Key Bridge collapse.

https://mdta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/Files/Meeting_Schedules/Materials/Finance%20and%20Administration%20Committee%20Meeting%20Materials%20-%20June%202024.pdf

epzik8

Signage has been added for the end of the right lane on 22 east just past 462 in Aberdeen, but will it be effective is the question.
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bluecountry

So what is the story with the I-95 express lanes north of Baltimore.
Will they be adding any lanes to the non express lanes?
When will it open?

Are there any plans for southbound lanes/why was NB only chosen first?

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Quote from: bluecountry on June 19, 2024, 06:54:33 PMSo what is the story with the I-95 express lanes north of Baltimore.

The existing I-95/US 40 corridor carries a considerable amount of regional and long-distance traffic, with the preponderance of the traffic on I-95 between the Baltimore City line and the Susquehanna River consisting of commuter traffic from the suburban communities of northeastern Baltimore County and Harford County. US 40 is too built up for any substantial widening or grade separation beyond what has already been built, so the chosen alternative is what is happening today; namely, the widening of I-95 to add two additional tolled lanes that will allow traffic to bypass the congestion of the general-purpose lanes. These lanes are referred to as the Express Toll Lanes (ETLs).

The original plan was for the ETLs to extend from milepost 61 at Exit 62 on the Baltimore City line all the way to the vicinity of milepost 81, just north of Exit 80, northeast of Abingdon in Harford County. Both sets of ETLs would have dedicated ramps to and from the major highways that already interchange with I-95, and open-road tolling gantries would be built north and south of each interchange to allow tolls to be collected. Due to the exceedingly poor timing of the mid-2000s economy, the construction of the new carriage ways and the reconstruction of the northern I-95/I-695 interchange began in 2006 when costs were very high, and the MdTA subsequently was forced to rearrange the construction phasing so that the new ETLs stopped just north of Exit 67 and the dedicated ramps to and from I-695 were not built. The current phase of construction will extend the northbound ETLs beyond Exit 67 up to Exit 77, and a later phase will extend them further to the originally planned terminus beyond Exit 80 and construct two of the dedicated ramps from each direction of I-695 to the northbound ETLs.

Quote from: bluecountry on June 19, 2024, 06:54:33 PMWill they be adding any lanes to the non express lanes?

Beyond Exit 80, the original construction plans for the ETLs envisioned that both carriage ways of I-95 would be widened to eight lanes up to a point just beyond Exit 85, to relieve congestion on the existing six general purpose lanes north of Exit 80.

Quote from: bluecountry on June 19, 2024, 06:54:33 PMWhen will it open?

According to https://mdta.maryland.gov/I95ETLNB/home.html, the northbound ETLs will be open as far as Exit 74 by the end of this year (2024), and open as far as Exit 77 by 2027. Based on the current pace of construction I believe that the first target will be reached easily, but the second target will depend on how easily the oft-reconstructed interchange with MD 24 can be completely reconstructed again.

Quote from: bluecountry on June 19, 2024, 06:54:33 PMAre there any plans for southbound lanes/why was NB only chosen first?

There are no plans to begin construction of the southbound ETLs that I am aware of. As far as why the northbound side was chosen first, traffic going north on I-95 is substantially worse due to the lane drop at milepost 77 and the ascending gradient north of MD 24. There are also a disproportionate number of crashes and other accidents that occurred on northbound I-95 prior to the start of construction, that were not matched by an equivalent number of crashes and accidents on southbound I-95.

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