I-695 sign)(October 14, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will reduce traffic to one lane on I-695 southbound (Baltimore Beltway Outer Loop) in Catonsville to complete work on the ramp to MD 144 (Frederick Road) starting Friday, October 16. Beginning 7 p.m. Friday night, there will be single and then double lane closures so contractor Tutor Perini Corp. crews can complete paving work to tie in the new right lane of I-695 southbound to the newly reconstructed ramp to MD 144. All lanes of I-695 southbound and the ramp will reopen in the new traffic pattern by 5 a.m., Monday, October 19, weather permitting. MDOT SHA advises motorists and motor carriers to avoid this section of I-695 southbound in Catonsville, and to use I-70, US 29 and MD 100 as an alternate route when traveling between Towson and destinations south of the work zone. The ramp has been closed since summer 2019 as part of the $68 million project to widen I-695 Southwest Outer Loop between south of US 40 (Baltimore National Pike) and MD 144. The project is expected to be complete by late fall 2021. Learn more about the project HERE. Digital message signs will alert travelers to the weekend work in advance and update traffic conditions throughout the weekend. In case of inclement weather, the construction project traffic shift and ramp re-opening will take place the following weekend, October 23, 24 and 25. MDOT SHA works hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews as well as our customers. Drivers need to stay alert, focus on driving and, look for reduced speed limits, as well as other driving pattern changes. Drive like you work here and slow down in construction zones. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, go to Project Portal. Visit our homepage at roads.maryland.gov. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.maryland.gov.Editor’s NoteFrom intersection improvements to widening and new interchange construction, MDOT SHA is investing in projects to enhance the commute and daily travel for millions of Marylanders. MDOT SHA maintains more than 2,500 bridges and 17,000 miles of non-toll state roads – the interstate, US and state numbered routes in Maryland’s 23 counties.