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SB I-270 ramp to NB Md. 85/Buckingstown Pike to close for a month
Posted by WTOP/Mary DePompa
Beginning Monday night, April 22, MDOT SHA will close Exit 31A on Interstate 270 southbound. The exit is a ramp that goes north on Md. 85/Buckeystown Pike in Frederick County.
As part of an ongoing intersection expansion project, the ramp is expected to be closed and detoured for approximately one month, according to a news release from MDOT SHA.
A detour will be available for travelers from eastbound Interstate 70 and U.S. 15 to exit at Md. 85. There will be message signs, barrels and temporary signs to guide motorists through the detour and alert travelers of the ramp closure.
Be sure to allow for the extra time for the detour because more than 115,000 commuters that use this route daily.
The ramp closure will be part of the extended interchange reconstruction project that will eventually shift traffic to a new bridge on I-270 over Md. 85. With a projected cost of $58 million, this project is being implemented to ease congestion and improve safety through the interchange by eliminating the two currently structurally deficient bridges.
Drivers are advised to stay alert through construction zones, look for reduced speed limits, narrowing lanes and of course, highway workers.