JOPPA, MD—As part of the Maryland Transportation Authority’s ongoing $1.1 billion program to relieve congestion and improve travel along I-95 between Baltimore and Harford counties, northbound Interstate 95 between MD 152 to MD 24 will shift to a new traffic pattern on or around Tuesday, April 28.
Through June, northbound I-95 traffic will be split – with three lanes to the left and one lane to the right – between Exit 74 (MD 152) and Exit 77 (MD 24). The roadway will be divided by a concrete barrier.
Northbound motorists wishing to access north or southbound MD 24 from Exit 77A should stay to the right of the concrete barrier as they approach the split traffic pattern. Those using Exit 77B to access MD 924, or continuing northbound on I-95, should stay to the left of the barrier (see image, above). Temporary signs will direct motorists as they approach the traffic split.
The split pattern will allow the MDTA to add an 8,200-foot auxiliary lane on northbound I-95 that will connect the MD 152 on-ramp with the MD 24 off-ramp, providing better traffic operations and a safer transition for vehicles using these interchange ramps. Northbound I-95 also will be resurfaced within the construction area.
The MDTA is continuing work on this and other projects during the COVID-19 state of emergency while adhering to state and federal health and safety guidelines. Drivers are reminded to plan ahead and travel off peak to avoid delays as this critical work continues.
When the COVID-19 state of emergency is lifted and normal traffic returns to Maryland roads, traffic delays are typical in this area during afternoon peak periods, and particularly on summer Friday afternoons and evenings as Marylanders travel for weekend events. On average, motorists historically experience northbound Friday afternoon delays with queues up to nine miles, with travel delays up to 20 minutes.
This project is one part of the MDTA’s $1.1 billion Express Toll Lanes (ETL) Northbound Extension Program between MD 43 and north of MD 24 that will help alleviate delays and improve travel along northbound I-95 between Baltimore and Harford counties. In addition to extending the northbound I-95 ETL, the program will replace several bridges that are more than 50 years old and will provide new noise walls for adjacent communities.
The ETL Northbound Extension Program will be completed in multiple segments. For more information, visit mdta.maryland.gov/I95ETLNB/home.html.