Released on January 11, 2013 - 9:57am
Jan 11
Mayor Craig A. Moe would like the residents and public to be aware that the State Highway Administration (SHA) has announced that they will briefly close I-95 near Laurel overnight for bridge work beginning January 13, 2013.
 
Below is the Press Release SHA has issued to explain these closures. For more information, you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter or visit their website at https://www.roads.maryland.gov/home.aspx.      
 
 
***TRAFFIC ALERT***
STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION WARNS MOTORISTS
OF OVERNIGHT BRIEF CLOSURES ON I-95 IN LAUREL
 
Crews Will Close Multiple Lanes Overnight to Set Steel Beams Beginning January 13;
Drivers Should Expect Delays, Use Alternate Routes Such as US 1, US 29 or MD 295
 
(January 3, 2013) – Beginning Sunday night, January 13 (weather permitting), the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will briefly close I-95 once or twice nightly, Sunday through Thursday, between MD 198 (Sandy Spring Road) and MD 200 (Intercounty Connector) between midnight and 4 a.m. to set steel for the new Contee Road Bridge over I-95.
 
Crews will first install steel beams on the new bridge over southbound I-95, which is expected to take one month. SHA will close:
  • One lane at 7 p.m.
  • Two lanes at 11 p.m.
  • Three lanes at midnight
  • All lanes of traffic between midnight and 4 a.m. for up to two 15-30 minute periods
 
During the closures, SHA and Maryland State Police will temporarily stop all traffic on southbound I-95 for no more than two 15-30 minute intervals to secure steel bridge beams and allow large cranes to move safely in the work zone. Crews will open all lanes of traffic no later than 5 a.m. the next day. Additionally, SHA may temporarily close the ramps from MD 198 to I-95 during the southbound stoppages.
 
“The structural steel setting for the I-95/Contee Road interchange project is a significant milestone that requires brief intermittent road closures for the safety of travelers and workers,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “We urge drivers to use alternate routes including US 1, US 29 or MD 295 and stay alert for lane closure information on our overhead signs.”
 
Beginning mid-February, crews will install steel beams over northbound I-95, which is also expected to take one month. SHA will close:
  • One lane at 8 p.m.
  • Two lanes at 11p.m.
  • Three lanes at midnight
  • All lanes of traffic between midnight and 4 a.m. for up to two 15-30 minute periods
Maryland State Police will temporarily stop all traffic on northbound I-95 for no more than two 15-30 minute intervals to secure steel bridge beams and allow large cranes to move safely in the work zone. Crews will open all lanes of traffic no later than 6 a.m. the next day.
 
More than 185,000 vehicles use this section of I-95 daily. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and add extra time to their trips. Travelers should consider US 1, US 29 or MD 295 (except motor carrier trucks) as alternate routes.
 
The work is part of a $35.5 million I-95/Contee Road interchange construction project in Laurel. SHA’s contractor for the work is American Infrastructure of Fallston.
 
SHA will use electronic message boards, construction barrels and cones and arrow boards to guide motorists through the work zone. As crews work to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone!
 
Maryland now features FREE 511 traveler information! Call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit www.md511.org for current travel information. Sign up to personalize travel route information through MY511 on the Web site. Remember to use 511 safely - Maryland law prohibits hand-held mobile phone use and texting while driving.
 
Follow SHA on Twitter @MDSHA and “like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarylandStateHighwayAdministration.

 

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