I-270 sign)Upcoming Weekend Work Includes Connecting New Northbound MD 85 Ramp to Northbound I-270 (October 21, 2021) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) recently completed construction of a new ramp for northbound MD 85 (Buckeystown Pike) and will connect the ramp to northbound I-270 during weekend work starting Friday night, October 22. The ramp connection requires leveling work and application of new asphalt to the ramp to ensure an even roadway surface on the northbound MD 85 ramp merging onto northbound I-270. To safely perform the work, MDOT SHA will close the existing northbound MD 85 exit ramp to northbound I-270 at 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, October 25. Motorists on northbound MD 85 traveling to northbound I-270 will be detoured to westbound I-70 to take exit 53B to northbound US 15. MDOT SHA will also close the left lane of the southbound MD 85 ramp to northbound I-270 to complete the required leveling work. The left lane will be closed during the same time, 9 p.m. Friday, October 22, to 5 a.m. Monday, October 25. This work is part of MDOT SHA’s $87.7 million I-270/MD 85 interchange project to improve safety and reduce congestion. The project replaced two I-270 bridges and will widen MD 85 by adding a new travel lane in both directions between Spectrum Drive and Crestwood Boulevard. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2022. Learn more about the project HERE. MDOT SHA works hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews as well as our customers. Drivers need to stay alert, focus on driving and look for reduced speed limits, as well as other driving pattern changes. Please drive like you work here and slow down in construction zones. Motorists can dial #77 on their mobile device for roadside assistance. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, go to Project Portal. Visit our homepage at roads.maryland.gov. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.maryland.gov. Editor’s NoteFrom intersection improvements to widening and new interchange construction, MDOT SHA is investing in projects to enhance the commute and daily travel for millions of Marylanders. MDOT SHA maintains more than 2,500 bridges and 17,000 miles of non-toll state roads – the interstate, US and state numbered routes in Maryland’s 23 counties.