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County:Baltimore Project Number:BA020_11
IS 0070 TRIPLE-LEVEL BRIDGES AT I-70 AND I-695 INTERCHANGE
Project Name:
I-70 and I-695, Baltimore Beltway

Location of Project:
TRIPLE-LEVEL BRIDGES AT I-70 AND I-695 INTERCHANGE

Description:
I-70/I-695 Interchange study to replace/rehabilitate bridges, 0312703, 0312704, 0312805, 0312806, 0312903 and 0312904.
 
Scope:
Project Study Area



The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA), working cooperatively with Baltimore County, has initiated the I-70 / I-695 Planning Study. The existing interchange, along with various directional ramps, are informally referred to as the "triple bridges" and are nearing the end of their useful life and will need to be replaced. The purpose of the study is to:

  • Identify and evaluate conceptual alternatives to replace the existing triple bridges at the I-70 / I-695 location;
  • Evaluate the interchange ramps and roadway approaches to the ramps; and
  • Improve traffic operations and safety at the I-70 / I-695 location, and in the vicinity.
The I-70 / I-695 study is currently funded for planning only.
 
What Is Under Study:
The purpose of the study is to identify and evaluate conceptual alternatives to replace the existing bridges at this location, evaluate the interchange ramps and approach roadways, and improve traffic operations and safety at this location and in the vicinity. The study will consider access to area communities, businesses and amenities.

Planning Process
The I-70 / I-695 planning study will include agency and public involvement in the identification of transportation needs, reasonable transportation concepts, and the identification of potential social, economic, and natural environmental impacts. This study represents a collaborative and integrated approach to transportation decision-making that considers environmental, community and economic goals early in the transportation planning process. As part of this process, stakeholders representing business, community, commercial, and other interests in the study area, will be invited to provide input as the study progresses.

The final product, a Planning Study Report, will recommend concept(s) to move forward in the project development process, should funding become available. Information collected during this planning study may be used in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental review process, should one be required

Study Initiation Newsletter and Community Survey
The project team announced the initiation of the I-70 / I-695 Planning study in the Summer 2016 Newsletter mailed to area household in August 2016. The newsletter included a link to an on-line survey to seek ideas and recommendations of those who live, work, worship, attend school, shop, and commute through this area. Respondents could either complete the survey on-line, or print and complete a hard copy of the survey, and submit by mail. Input received from the public helped the study team better understand the study area, the community and stakeholder concerns. Click on the Documents tab to view Survey Questionnaire.

Next Steps
The team is developing conceptual alternatives for the I-70/ I-695 interchange to address issues identified by the public and stakeholders in interviews and in the survey. A study update, with proposed next steps, will be provided in Fall 2017.

Project Type:
INTERCHANGE RECONSTRUCT

Current Phase:Planning
Funded Year :2016 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State
Last Updated On : 7/24/2017
 
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