The new year is bringing a major traffic change to Interstate 95 and White Marsh Boulevard, thanks to the ongoing I-95 Express Toll Lanes project.
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 or around Jan. 4, according to roadside signs and an announcement by the Maryland Transportation Authority.
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.
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