For Immediate Release: April 10, 2008
|??? I-95 TRAFFIC ALERT ???|
|STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION TO TEMPORARILY|
CLOSE I-95/I-495 (CAPITAL BELTWAY)
AT MD 5 (BRANCH AVENUE) ON SATURDAY NIGHT,
APRIL 19 AND SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 20
|NEW DATE ANNOUNCED as Crews Set Steel for Bridge at I-95/MD 5 Interchange;|
I-95 to be Affected for up to 17 Hours; MOTORISTS ENCOURAGED TO AVOID THE AREA
On Saturday night, April 19, as part of the State Highway Administration’s (SHA) $52 million interchange project along MD 5 at I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway), SHA will begin setting structural steel for the southbound Capital Beltway flyover ramp to southbound MD 5 (Branch Avenue.) The steel placement will require a temporary closure of southbound I-95 for up to 14 hours and a temporary closure of northbound I-95 for up to twelve hours, weather permitting. The closures are necessary to ensure worker and motorist safety as 12 twenty-ton, curved steel beams are erected and bolted together directly over the travel lanes of I-95. In addition, five massive cranes needed to lift the beams will be on the I-95 travel lanes, necessitating the total road closures.
SOUTHBOUND I-95 (INNER LOOP OF THE BELTWAY)
SOUTHBOUND MD 5 RAMP TO NORTHBOUND I-95
NORTHBOUND I-95 (OUTER LOOP OF THE BELTWAY)
All lanes along both directions of I-95 and the southbound MD 5 ramp to northbound I-95 are expected to
To avoid MAJOR delays, motorists are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes. Motorists from the north traveling through the Washington region to points south are encouraged to use I-495 across the American Legion Bridge. Motorists from the east along US 50 should consider US 301 south, or continue along US 50 to MD 295, which turns into I-295 in Washington D.C. and connects back with I-95 near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
Local traffic heading south along MD 295 (Baltimore Washington Parkway), US 50 (John Hanson Highway), MD 214 (Central Avenue) and MD 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue) should use MD 295 or US 50 to I-295 into Washington DC. I-295 connects with I-95 near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
SHA has coordinated with the Virginia Department of Transportation to use dynamic message signs (DMS) to alert motorists to the delays expected along northbound I-95 and divert through traffic along the west side of I-95/I-495.
SHA will use overhead DMS as well as additional static signs along southbound I-95 between the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) and Capital Beltway, southbound MD 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway), westbound US 50 and along southbound I-95 in Prince George’s County.
The overall I-95/MD 5 project began in March 2006 and is expected to be completed by summer 2009, weather permitting. SHA’s contractor for the project is Cherry Hill Construction of Jessup.
Citizens who have questions about Branch Avenue, I-95/I-495 or any other State numbered roadway in Prince George’s county, please call SHA’s District 3 office toll free at 1-800-749-0737. SHA encourages all motorists to drive responsibly and “Think Orange” while driving through work zones by driving the speed limit and remaining alert at all times.
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