Maryland Port Administration: I-895 Tunnel Closure in Baltimore

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April 11, 2019

Dear Subscriber,


**AVOID I-895**


Two-Way Traffic to Operate in Southbound Bore
Use I-695/Key Bridge or I-95/Fort McHenry Tunnel as Alternate Routes


BALTIMORE, MD – As part of the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) $189 million I-895 Bridge Project, the northbound bore of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) will close 24/7 for 60 days starting the morning of Friday, April 12.  Two-way traffic – one adjacent lane in each direction – will operate in the southbound bore. 

Motorists should use I-695/Key Bridge and I-95/Fort McHenry Tunnel as alternate routes.  We ask our customers to be patient as we deliver this long-overdue project and remind motorists to drive safely through work zones.

As a reminder, northbound I-895 is closed 24/7 from the north side of the Harbor Tunnel to the Boston/O’Donnell Street exit ramp (Exit 11).  Two-way traffic remains in effect on southbound I-895.  Additionally, the I-895/Holabird Avenue exit ramp (Exit 10) remains closed 24/7.  Northbound I-895 and the Holabird Avenue exit ramp will reopen to traffic in spring 2020.

In spring 2020, southbound I-895 will close 24/7 with two-way traffic operating on northbound I-895.  Additionally, the southbound bore of the Harbor Tunnel will close 24/7 for 60 days in spring 2020 with two-way traffic operating in the northbound bore.  Southbound I-895 will reopen to traffic in spring 2021. 

The I-895 Bridge Project will replace the 60-year-old I-895 bridge, the MDTA’s only remaining structurally deficient bridge, located north of the Harbor Tunnel.  Work includes replacing the Holabird Avenue exit ramp and rehabilitating the Harbor Tunnel, including repairs to the tunnel portal, approach ramps and walls, deck and tiles.  Tutor Perini Corporation is performing the work.  The project began in April 2018 and is expected to be completed in summer 2021.

The MDTA will continue updating motorists on changing traffic patterns via traffic advisories and social media.  The MDTA has deployed an Active Traffic Management System for this project to alert drivers of ongoing traffic conditions.  Motorists may also visit the project website at or follow #895bmore on Twitter.

Motorists should avoid I-895 and use I-695 and I-95 as alternative routes.  Motorists also should pay attention to electronic and static signs for up-to-date travel information.  To sign up for email/text alerts or view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit  For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at  Find us on Facebook at 

The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!!