Beginning later this summer, the State Highway Administration (SHA) will be replace the 55-year old bridge carrying the four northbound lanes of I-695 (Beltway Inner Loop) over Wilkens Avenue (MD 372).
Additional work includes upgrading roadway lighting in the interchange area to enhance safety, adding lighting under the bridge and widening a small portion of Wilkens Avenue for bicycle compatibility. During construction, SHA will close and detour ramps from the Inner Loop of I-695 to Wilkens Avenue. However, all four existing through lanes on the I-695 Inner Loop, two existing through lanes on Wilkens Avenue and access from I-695 to Wilkens Avenue within the interchange will be maintained at peak travel times. Construction will continue through 2012.
The SHA will hold an informal meeting to discuss the project and answer any questions. The details of the meeting are as follows:
When: Wednesday, July 13, 5:30-7 p.m. Citizens may arrive at any time to view project display boards at their own pace and speak with project representatives; there is no formal presentation.
Where: Halethorpe Elementary School Cafeteria, 4300 Maple Avenue, Baltimore MD 21227
Why: The I-695 Inner Loop bridge over Wilkens Avenue, built in 1956 and widened in 1963, is one of several bridges that SHA is addressing under its interstate system preservation program. Most of the bridges along I-695 are more than 50 years old, dating back to the original construction of the Baltimore Beltway. SHA is replacing the Charles Street bridge over I-695, the I-695 Inner and Outer Loop bridges over Liberty Road and the Frederick Road bridge over I-695. SHA replaced the I-695 Outer Loop bridge over Wilkens Avenue in 2004 as part of its project to widen the Outer Loop to four lanes. The new Inner Loop bridge will have the same design and appearance as the 2004 Outer Loop bridge.
The SHA’s website is www.roads.maryland.gov.