MDTA Expecting Increased Traffic in Baltimore Area Starting Tuesday

With local school systems back in session on Tuesday, the Maryland Transportation Authority is advising motorists to plan for increased traffic on roadways throughout Baltimore as a result of the I-695 Key Bridge collapse. 

The southeast corridor of I-695 is closed on the Outer Loop at MD 173 (exit 1) and Inner Loop at MD 157/Peninsula Expressway (exit 43). Drivers are strongly encouraged to allow extra travel times using the alternate routes on I-95, I-895 and other sections of I-695, especially during morning and after rush hour periods. Commuters may also consider using Maryland Transit Administration (MTA).

Commercial Vehicle and RV Reminder: Harbor Crossing alternate routes are I-95 or I-895 tunnels. Vehicles transporting hazardous materials prohibited in tunnels should use the western section of I-695 around tunnels.

This includes vehicles carrying bottled propane gas in excess of 10 pounds per container (maximum of 10 containers), bulk gasoline, explosives, significant amounts of radioactive materials.

Vehicles in excess of 13’-6”, in height, or 96” (8 feet) in width are prohibited from using the I-895 Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. I-95 Ft. McHenry Tunnel restrictions are height – 14’ – 6” width – 11’ – 0”. MDTA Police Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit is deploying additional resources to both I-95 and I-895 tunnels to enforce these restrictions.

Normal tunnel permit load restrictions apply.

Truck drivers traveling through Baltimore City should visit Baltimore Department of Transportation’s recommended truck routes official truck map at Baltimore City Official Truck Routes (

MDTA reminds all road users to stay focused on the road ahead at all times. Please adhere to posted speed limits and obey overhead lane signals at all bridge and tunnel facilities. No matter how short or long a trip, always buckle up. If a vehicle breaks down, motorists should the roadway. If that isn’t possible, remain inside your vehicle and call #77 for assistance.

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and its partners ask for patience from the motoring public during this unprecedented time.

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B.J. Joseph

Benjamin Joesph has covered news in Eastern Baltimore County since 2006. He started as a reporter with the original East County Times in 2006. He started East Baltco News and later in 2022.