Construction projects on highways lead to weekend traffic headaches

August 16, 1998|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Weekend repairs on a cracked bridge expansion joint on Interstate 95 at Caton Avenue are to continue today, closing three northbound lanes for a project that produced a half-hour traffic backup yesterday.

The work caused the worst backup of three construction projects -- two of them on I-95 -- that produced driving woes yesterday, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority and state police.

A one-day repaving job on I-95 near Route 216 in Howard County caused problems, and drivers using the Key Bridge on the Baltimore Beltway were detoured between exits 42 and 43 near Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant because of the demolition of a viaduct that is part of a road-widening project.

Electronic warning signs tell motorists of the impending delays, said Lori Vidil, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

The repair work on I-95 at Caton Avenue was considered an emergency, she said. A heavy metal plate was placed over the damaged joint a month ago. This weekend was chosen for the work because no games were scheduled at the Camden Yards stadiums.

The work, which is being done on a weekend to avoid disrupting weekday traffic, is expected to be completed before 6 a.m. tomorrow, she said.

Pub Date: 8/16/98

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