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Anticipated road closures affecting the area


On or about the week of April 4, 2010, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will institute a long-term temporary closure of the ramp from the roundabout at Charles Street and Bellona Avenue Extended to westbound I-695 as part of SHA’s $38 million project. The two-way section of the ramp will remain open for access to all medical and business offices located along Bellona Avenue Extended.

Once this ramp is closed, all motorists traveling from Lutherville to westbound I-695 will be directed to take Bellona Avenue and Seminary Avenue to southbound York Road  and enter I-695 from the York Road interchange.   As an alternative, motorists in Lutherville may also take westbound Seminary Avenue to southbound Falls Road  to reach westbound I-695.  All motorists traveling from the west Towson area on northbound Charles Street to westbound I-695 must stay right along northbound Charles Street past the bridge and use the existing right-turn loop ramp to gain entrance to westbound I-695.   

The long-term temporary closure of this ramp is needed to safely accomplish rehabilitation work on the I-695 bridge over the Light Rail, which began in 2009.  Along I-695, SHA also will shift the two lanes on the ramp from westbound I-695 to northbound I-83 to the far right side of the bridge so crews may work in the center section of the bridge. 

Weather permitting, the ramp closure and traffic shift will last approximately six months, through the spring and summer of 2010.  Temporary traffic signs will guide motorists through the official ramp detour route in Lutherville until late summer 2010.  SHA previously closed the left-turn ramp from southbound Charles Street to eastbound I-695 to all traffic in February.  This ramp will also remain closed until late summer 2010.

Current construction work within the interchange area includes construction of the first half of the new bridge (future southbound lanes).  Construction of the southbound side will continue through summer 2010.  After the new half of the bridge is complete, SHA and the contractor will shift Charles Street traffic from the old bridge onto the new bridge.  The remainder of the old bridge will be removed and the  northbound lanes of the new bridge will be constructed in its place.   SHA will continue work on realignment of the loop ramp from northbound Charles Street to westbound I-695, and construction of retaining walls along eastbound Bellona Avenue and southbound Charles Street near the Ruxton Towers. For more detailed information, see

or contact Mr. David Bond, Project Engineer at SHA’s project field office in Lutherville at 410-296-9041 or by email at

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