By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Tired of Beltway traffic jams? There’s a new plan to ease the pain of a few of them.

Governor Larry Hogan says a $461 million traffic relief plan will widen I-695 and lengthen the northbound I-95 Express Toll Lanes.

“The important traffic relief initiatives we are announcing today will benefit the daily lives of millions of drivers throughout the Baltimore region,” Hogan says.

The $461 million will be divided to add a lane on 695, redesign the triple bridges, and extend the 95 north toll lane.

The 19-mile section of 695, from I-70 to White Marsh Blvd., will get a new lane, shifting the inside shoulder to a new travel lane in each direction.

The “triple bridges,” 695, and 70 interchange will be reconfigured to ease bottlenecks in six trouble spots.

The toll road extension into Harford County gives drivers a speedier option.

“These exciting new projects are the latest addition to our administration’s ongoing and continued efforts to transform transportation infrastructure in and around Baltimore. With the new investments being announced today, our administration has invested a total of $7 billion for new transportation projects in the Baltimore region.”

The express toll lane expansion, for 7.75 miles from north of MD 43 in Baltimore County to MD 24 in Harford County, is expected to cost $210 million.

Of course, there will be construction to contend with, and that’s expected to start next summer.

Funding for the projects comes largely from gas tax revenue.

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