Catonsville residents and travelers through the area have started to see construction of the pick up, as crews have started to dismantle one span of the bridge to construction a new one.
On Thursday, Patch received a tour of the project up close with Warren Pendergrass, the project engineer for the Maryland State Highway Administration.
Pendegrass and SHA employees are working out of a field office at 757 Frederick Road for the duration of the project.
Like the Charles Street and Liberty Road bridge replacements, the new bridge will accommodate the eventual widening of the Baltimore Beltway. The interchange will also be improved in the bridge replacement and include upgrades such as wider sidewalks, double turn lanes, bicycle lanes, ramp realignments and a new signal system to improve traffic flow at the interchange.
Construction is expected to continue on until the fall of 2013. The project is expected to cost roughly $20 million. Phase 1 of the construction is complete and Phase 2 will be completed next year. At the end of Phase 2, traffic will be shifted over to the north side of the bridge to allow for construction of the second span on the south side.
Other enhancements tied with the project include installing traffic signals at the entrance and exit ramps of Edmondson Avenue, a new median on Interstate 695 and new pavement on Interstate 695.
More information on the project, including maps and a timeline, are available on the SHA project page.
Currenly single lane and shoulder closures may occur during the daytime hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both sides of Interstate 695 on Monday through Friday.
During the overnight hours, single lane closures may take place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day from Sunday through Thursday. Double lane closures can be from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday.