Ramp Closures Necessary for Southwest Outer Loop I-695 Widening Project
(March 8, 2019) – On Monday evening, March 11, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will close the interchange ramp from Edmondson Avenue to the outer loop of I-695 (southbound). Ramp traffic will be detoured using northbound Ingleside Avenue to westbound US 40 (Baltimore National Pike) through the I-695/US 40 interchange and back to the outer loop of the Beltway.

MDOT SHA closed and detoured the ramp from outer loop of I-695 ramp to Edmondson Avenue on November 18. Both ramps will be closed until late-spring.

The two ramp closures are necessary for construction work on the $68 million project to widen the outer loop of I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) between US 40 (Baltimore National Pike) and MD 144 (Frederick Road).

Digital message signs at the interchange will alert travelers to the temporary ramp closures and detours. The temporary ramp detours will allow contractor crews to reconstruct the interchange ramps to meet the elevation of the new wider and higher bridge carrying the outer loop (southbound) I-695 over Edmondson Avenue.

The new fourth lane on southbound I-695, an auxiliary/merge lane between south of US 40 and MD 144 will alleviate a long-standing bottleneck for the nearly 200,000 drivers who use the roadway every day.  For project information, click here.

While MDOT SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, click on Road Ready, MDOT SHA's electronic construction brochure. For a look at real-time commute conditions, log onto

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