Maryland Transportation Authority Board Approves I-95 ETL Toll Rate Extensions
HARFORD COUNTY - On Thursday, the Maryland Transportation Authority Board approved new toll rate ranges on the I-95 Express Toll Lanes Northbound Extension and I-695 ramps. This decision concludes the six-month public consultation period on the changes that began in January.
The I-95 ETL Northbound Extension project, a safety and capacity enhancement initiative, is valued at a whopping $1.1 billion. Funded entirely by MDTA toll revenues, the project will rely on bond sales to cover the costs. With a completion date expected in 2028, the project forecasts an increase in revenue by approximately $11.6 million, which is expected to double by 2035, according to MDTA.
The I-95 Express Toll Lanes Extensions will introduce nearly 12 miles of express toll lanes on the northbound I-95, starting from the existing Express Toll Lanes at the MD 43 interchange in Baltimore County and ending north of MD 24 in Harford County. Two ramps will also be built to connect I-695 to the northbound ETL.
The approved toll rate ranges are identical to those presented at the initial MDTA Board meeting in December 2022 and are listed in the table below.
The project, conceived with safety and traffic decongestion in mind, will also include:
- Replacing or renovating bridges and overpasses.
- Installing multi-modal connections like new park and ride lots for enhanced transit service.
- Reconfiguring interchanges at MD 152 and MD 24.
- Constructing new noise barriers.
- Implementing environmental enhancements.
- Preserving existing systems.
- Alleviate congestion on MD 24 northbound.
The Maryland Transportation Authority extended its gratitude to all stakeholders and public members who contributed their insights during the consultation process, stressing that all received comments were given equal weight in the decision-making process.
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