Crews are scheduled to start work in March to replace three bridges running over the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, add an auxiliary lane and other projects that will cause traffic delays, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation announced today.
The $40 million plan calls for replacing the Annapolis Road and Waterview Avenue bridges and the Maisel Street Pedestrian Bridge, adding the new auxiliary lane, modifying the Waterview Avenue exit ramps, installing a retaining wall in place of an abandoned railroad tunnel and adding new signage.
Around March 4, Annapolis Road will be closed to through traffic between Patapsco Avenue and Wegworth Lane as workers begin the two-year process of building a new bridge. The Waterview Avenue Bridge will be closed in phases starting in October of this year. The north portion will be closed until May 2021, at which point construction on the south half will begin, stretching until October 2022.
Per a website on the project, the new bridges over the parkway, also known as Maryland 295, “will match the existing stone walls” while also making pedestrian upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
About March 18, lanes on both the north and southbound portions of the highway will be reduced from three lanes to two.
“Lane closures along MD 295 will cause congestion and delays, so motorists are strongly encouraged to allow additional travel time and to use alternate routes,” DOT said in a release.
The agency announced detours for Annapolis Road and advised citizens commuting in and out of Baltimore to use I-95, I-395 or the Wilkens Avenue and Frederick Road exits of I-695 to avoid traffic.
Regular updates on the project will be posted at 295triplebridges.com.