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(February 5, 2013) – Beginning tonight,  February 5 (weather permitting), the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will briefly close I-95 once or twice nightly, Sunday through Thursday, between MD 198 (Sandy Spring Road) and MD 200 (Intercounty Connector) between midnight and 4 a.m. to set steel for the new Contee Road Bridge over northbound I-95. Crews completed similar work along southbound I-95 in January.

Crews will install steel beams on the new bridge over northbound I-95, which is expected to take one month.  SHA will close:
• One lane at 8 p.m.,
• Two lanes at 11 p.m.
• Three lanes at midnight
• All lanes of traffic between midnight and 4 a.m. for up to two, 15-30 minute periods.

During the closures, SHA and Maryland State Police will temporarily stop all traffic on northbound I-95 for no more than two 30-minute intervals to secure steel bridge beams and allow large cranes to move safely in the work zone. Crews will open all lanes of traffic no later than 6 a.m. the next day.

More than 185,000 vehicles use this section of I-95 daily. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and add extra time to their trips. Travelers should consider US 1, US 29 or MD 295 (except motor carrier trucks) as alternate routes.

The work is part of a $35.5 million I-95/Contee Road interchange construction project in Laurel. SHA’s contractor for the work is American Infrastructure of Fallston.

SHA will use electronic message boards, construction barrels and cones and arrow boards to guide motorists through the work zone. As crews work to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone!

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