BALTIMORE - Construction delays will keep the northbound lanes of 295 at West Nursery Road closed until Sunday, State Highway officials said.
The State Highway Adminstration is asking drivers to avoid 295 north at West Nursery Road until late Saturday night or possibly Sunday morning.
The West Nursery Road bridge deck over the Baltimore Washington Parkway was supposed to be removed on Saturday morning but it shifted on the heavy equipment being used to wheel it away and officials decided to put it back.
More than 35 construction trucks loaded with cranes and equipment will be in the area on Saturday afternoon to replace and secure the bridge deck. After inspectors confirm that the area is safe for traffic, 295 North and West Nursery Road will be reopened.
SHA is directing travelers to use I-95, US 1 (Washington Boulevard) or US 29 (Columbia Pike) as northbound alternate routes to northbound MD 295. Additionally, I-97 is an option but the right lane (one of three) from Benfield Blvd. to near Dorsey Road (MD 176) remains closed for concrete repairs and curing/drying. Those traveling east and west should use Hammonds Ferry Road as an alternate for West Nursery Road. Southbound MD 295 is open to all traffic. SHA is using overhead and portable message signs, cones and barrels to guide motorists around the work zone. Airport travelers should plan sufficient time reaching Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport.
SHA's bridge engineers have examined the deck and believe that when replaced the deck will maintain the structural integrity needed to carry traffic. However, if there is any doubt or damage to the deck, SHA will determine next steps that could include demolition and removal of the deck, requiring a longer-term closure of West Nursery Road.