MDTA: Expect heavy traffic in Baltimore area during rush hour periods due to Key Bridge collapse

BALTIMORE, MD—With local school systems back in session on Tuesday, the Maryland Transportation Authority says motorists should plan for increased traffic on roadways throughout Baltimore as a result of the I-695 Key Bridge collapse.

The southeast corridor of I-695 is closed on the Outer Loop at MD 173 (exit 1) and Inner Loop at MD 157/Peninsula Expressway (exit 43). Drivers are strongly encouraged to allow extra travel times using the alternate routes on I-95, I-895, and other sections of I-695, especially during morning and after rush hour periods. Commuters may also consider using Maryland Transit Administration.

Vehicles transporting hazardous materials are prohibited in tunnels should use the western section of I-695 around tunnels. This includes vehicles carrying bottled propane gas in excess of 10 pounds per container (maximum of 10 containers), bulk gasoline, explosives, and/or significant amounts of radioactive materials.

Vehicles in excess of 13′-6″, in height, or 96″ (8 feet) in width are prohibited from using the I-895 Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. I-95 Ft. McHenry Tunnel restrictions are height – 14′ – 6″ width – 11′ – 0″. The MDTA Police Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit is deploying additional resources to both I-95 and I-895 tunnels to enforce these restrictions.

Normal tunnel permit load restrictions apply.

Truck drivers traveling through Baltimore City should visit Baltimore Department of Transportation’s recommended truck routes official truck map at Baltimore City Official Truck Routes (

The MDTA and its partners are asking for patience from the motoring public during this unprecedented time.

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