Maryland plans to ease I-695 traffic

| 11/16/2001

The Maryland State Highway Administration has outlined plans to ease congestion on the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695) by adding lanes. Plans are to add lanes in the heavily traveled southwestern and northern stretches of the highway.

Administration representatives said that although getting the money to add lanes is a long way off, design and preliminary projects that need to be done are either completed or in the works.

Highway officials said a top priority in the next few years would be to add a lane to the inner loop between Interstates 70 and 95, the Baltimore Sun reported. The state has begun work on a new lane on the outer loop in the same area. The plan then is to add a lane in each direction between I-83 north and I-95.