The $48.5 million project is expected to impact traffic south of Baltimore for years to come.
WASHINGTON — Due to construction, the right lane on northbound Interstate 895 across the Patapsco River Flats bridge will be closed continuously for a major repair project.
The Baltimore bridge between Exit 4/Md. 295 and Exit 6/I-97 and Md. 2 spur.
The Maryland Transportation Authority warns motorists to expect delays during peak travel times and said Interstate 95/Fort McHenry Tunnel could be used an alternate route.
Stretching nearly 15 miles, I-895 branches off from Interstate 95 near the Baltimore City/Baltimore County border on the northeast side of the city, and reconnects with I-95 near Elkridge.
The work, which started Monday night, kicks off the first stage of closures tied to a year’s long $48.5 million project to repair the bridge that carries I-895 over the Patapsco River Flats, state transit officials said in a news release.
The right lane on the southbound side will be closed in early August. The lanes are expected to reopen in the fall, when construction shifts to the left lanes, state officials said.
In later stages of construction, there will be two-way traffic on southbound I-895 — one lane in each direction — for about a year while crews work on the northbound side of the bridge. Once that’s finished, construction will then shift to the southbound side for another year, state transit officials said.
The bridge project, funded by toll revenue, will replace the bridge deck and superstructure, which transit officials said will reduce the number of bridge joints and make for a smoother ride.
The entire project is expected to wrap up by summer 2019.