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7/12/2012SHA TEMPORARILY REMOVES SECTION OF SOUND BARRIER ALONG I-695 INNER LOOP SOUTH OF I-795
(July 12, 2012) – Beginning today, the State Highway Administration (SHA) is removing sections of sound barrier along the inner loop of I-695 prior to I-795 in the Scotts Hill community.
 
Late last month, SHA became aware of a slight lean in sections of sound barrier along northbound I-695 between the I-695 Bridge over Milford Mill Road and the ramp to I-795. The affected section of sound barrier, parallel to Scotts Hill Road between Dropleaf Court and Flagtree Lane, was built in 1985 as part of the I-695/I-795 interchange construction.
SHA immediately evaluated the condition of the sound barrier and assessed the condition of soils and underground drainage systems next to the barrier to ensure the safety of Scotts Hill residents and motorists on I-695. SHA engineers determined there is no immediate safety concern; however, SHA is removing the sections of barrier as a precaution and to allow crews to stabilize the soil.
SHA contractors are removing approximately 10 sound barrier panels to make necessary repairs to the soil supporting the wall and to repair the underground drainage system. On July 6, as a precautionary measure, crews installed a temporary cable support system on the I-695 side of the sound barrier.
The work is scheduled to take place along the right shoulder of northbound I-695 today; Friday, July 13; Monday, July 16; and Tuesday, July 17. Crews will temporarily close the right shoulder and one of the two lanes on the ramp from northbound I-695 to I-795 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. In case of inclement weather, crews will work on the next possible weekday.
This section of sound barrier was inspected in April and no issues were apparent. The recent development appears related to soil erosion. SHA engineers and environmental specialists are continuing field investigations and developing a plan to replace the affected section of sound barrier.
Citizens with questions about the sound barrier may contact the SHA District Four Office at 410-321-2800, toll-free at 1-866-998-0367 or by email at SHADistrict4@sha.state.md.us
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