The State Highway Administration has completed the first part of its project to improve the Baltimore Beltway and Liberty Road interchange.
A newly widened exit ramp from southbound Interstate 695 to Liberty Road - also known as Route 26 - opened last week. Drivers can travel east or west on Liberty Road from the ramp.
The modifications are part of a nearly two-year, $4.5 million SHA project to improve safety and traffic flow in the interchange, and it is scheduled to be completed next summer, according to the agency.
Other improvements include closing an exit loop from the southbound Beltway, building a new entrance ramp to the southbound Beltway and building a connector between Liberty Road and Lord Baltimore Drive.