Jan. 4-6: Ramp Closure at I-95, White Marsh Boulevard

Starting this year, westbound Maryland Route 43 will include a new left turn lane and left exit to southbound Interstate 95.

The new year is bringing some major traffic changes to Interstate 95 and White Marsh Boulevard, thanks to the ongoing I-95 Express Toll Lanes project. 

Between 10 p.m. on Jan. 4 and 6 a.m. on Jan. 6, the ramp from northbound I-95 to westbound MD Route 43 (Exit 67B, White Marsh Boulevard) will close. Traffic will be detoured to eastbound MD Route 43 to (Exit 67A, White Marsh Boulevard) to eastbound Maryland Route 7 (Philadelphia Road) to westbound MD Route 43, according to announcement by the Maryland Transportation Authority. 

The new traffic pattern—which includes the addition of a left turn lane on westbound Maryland Route 43 and new left exits toward I-95—is expected to take effect on Jan. 4, the release stated.

Previously, all traffic from MD Route 43, also called White Marsh Boulevard, to I-95 exited on the right. The new pattern includes the following, according to the MdTA:

  • Eastbound MD 43 to I-95 North, left exit
  • Eastbound MD 43 to I-95 South, right exit
  • Westbound MD 43 to I-95 North, right exit
  • Westbound MD 43 to I-95 South, left exit

Officials are urging caution and asking drivers to pay close attention to roadside signs. See the PDF released by the MdTA in the gallery for a diagram and safety tips. 

The White Marsh portion of the project carries a $142.6 million price tag and is expected to create 400 new jobs. The total project, which stretches from north of White Marsh along I-95 to south of the Interstate 895/Moravia Road interchange, will cost $1.03 billion and is expected to be finished by 2014, according to the MdTA.

The ultimate goal of the project is to provide additional highway lanes, where drivers can avoid some I-95 traffic back-ups. When complete, drivers may travel on existing lanes of I-95 at no additional cost, or may use express lanes by paying a toll.

How have traffic changes impacted your commute? Is the project a positive or negative development? Tell us in the comments.

Honeygo Hal January 06, 2013 at 02:05 PM
PHP, the Express Toll Lanes project is funded with revenues from MD toll facilities, not taxes - Just sayin'...
Cory G January 07, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Additionally, I don't think the toll lanes will cost so much that you can't afford to ride in them -- I bet one less night out at a restaurant and you can afford the toll lanes for a whole month!


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