The State Highway Administration announced late on Friday that it will be removing a local sign structure starting this evening.
In a press release, the SHA said it's going to "remove a sign structure that spans I-695 between the US 40 and Edmondson Avenue exits. The sign should be removed and lanes open by 5 a.m. Saturday."
There will be crews in place to start taking down the sign at 10 p.m., beginning with the lanes on the inner loop, and total closure will come at midnight so the whole sign structure can be taken down.
This is a list of the Beltway detours that are going to be in place during the work, according to the release:
• Outer loop I-695 to westbound Route 40 to a left turn on to North Rolling Road to a left onto MD 144 (Frederick Road) and back to I-695.
• Inner loop I-695 to westbound MD-144 and a right turn onto North Rolling Road to a right turn on eastbound Route 40 and back to I-695.
The SHA suggests that motorists traveling toward I-95 in Arbutus, instead get off at I-70 and go on Route 29 to Route 100, or use I-695 east to southbound I-95 in Rosedale. Crews are going to use signs and barrels to help get motorists through the area where work is taking place.
The reason for all of this is that SHA crews found some damage to the sign structure that needs to be repaired, the release states.
Also, because the structure goes across the width of both loops of the Beltway, the whole structure needs to be removed without traffic going underneath it at the time, it states.