Gov. Larry Hogan announces $461 million for congestion relief on the Beltway

Posted at 2:12 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 06:32:19-05

Governor Larry Hogan announced $461 million in new traffic relief initiatives for the Baltimore region.

The plan includes adding lanes to 27 miles of highway to alleviate congestion on the Baltimore Beltway and I-95.

The Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transportation Authority are pursuing three design-build projects to ease congestion on the Baltimore Beltway and I-95. 

“The important traffic relief initiatives we are announcing today will benefit the daily lives of millions of drivers throughout the Baltimore region,” said Governor Hogan.

“These exciting new projects are the latest addition to our administration’s ongoing and continued efforts to transform transportation infrastructure in and around Baltimore. With the new investments being announced today, our administration has invested a total of $7 billion for new transportation projects in the Baltimore region.”

The projects announced Tuesday include:

  • $151 million for Innovative Congestion Relief on both inner and outer loops of I-695 from I-70 to MD 43, shifting the inside shoulder into a new available lane of traffic. Adaptive ramp metering also will be employed throughout the limits of the project, which is approximately 19 miles.
  • $100 million for the design and construction of a new configuration of the I-695 and I-70 interchange, often referred to as the “triple bridges.” This will bring significant traffic relief to the entire Baltimore area and directly addresses six of the top 15 congested road segments in the state.
  • $210 million to extend the northbound I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) for 7.75 miles from north of MD 43 in Baltimore County to MD 24 in Harford County.

Each of these projects, and dozens of others in Baltimore City and surrounding counties is part of an effort to cut congestion and help improve the quality of life for Marylanders who live and work in the Baltimore area.