Officials considering "triple bridges" replacement project

Posted at 7:30 AM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 09:38:19-05

There are already two major bridge replacement projects underway in Baltimore, on I-895 and on Harford Road, and now transportation officials are considering adding more to the list.

The triple bridges at I-70 and the Beltway are potentially the state's next reconstruction project.

It was about a year ago that Governor Larry Hogan announced $100-million for the design and construction for a new configuration for this interchange. This familiar interchange to many commuters is one of the most congested roadways in the state.

But this might look a little different in the future.

The Department of Transportation is working on new concepts for the triple bridges, and they're also taking a look at the interchange ramps and roadway approaches to those ramps.

The goal is to make traffic conditions smoother and safer for commuters.

This is just in the planning process right now, so MDOT is developing conceptual alternatives to address concerns raised by commuters in a survey two years ago.

The plan will consider access to area communities, businesses, as well as attractions, and they're still taking public input.

If you drive the triple bridges as part of your daily commute, or if you live or work near the I-70 and 695 interchanges, engineers want to hear from you. On December 20, those engineers are holding a forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Southwest Academy in Gwynn Oak.

The meeting was supposed to take place on Wednesday, but due to the Day of Remembrance for President Bush, it was postponed.