Gov. Hogan wants to widen I-695, turn shoulders into travel lanes

An accident is seen on I-695. Gov. Hogan wants to widen I-695, turn shoulders into travel lanes.

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Gov. Hogan announced plans Tuesday to widen 19 miles of I-695, as part of a $461 million traffic-relief initiative for the Baltimore region.

The plan would turn the fast-lane shoulders into travel lanes on both the inner and outer loops of I-695, between I-70 and Route 43/White Marsh Boulevard, according to a press release.

The plan also calls for "adaptive ramp metering," a traffic-signal-like system, on ramps throughout those 19 miles.

That project alone would cost $151 million.

Other projects include $100 million to build a new I-695/I-70 interchange and $210 million to extend the I-95 express toll lanes up to Route 24 for northbound traffic.

“The important traffic relief initiatives we are announcing today will benefit the daily lives of millions of drivers throughout the Baltimore region,” said Hogan in an announcement in Hanover, Anne Arundel County. “These exciting new projects are the latest addition to our administration’s ongoing and continued efforts to transform transportation infrastructure in and around Baltimore. With the new investments being announced today, our administration has invested a total of $7 billion for new transportation projects in the Baltimore region.”

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