Major improvements support local and regional communities, reduce commercial traffic on local roads
State Makes Transportation Top Priority for Cecil County
Annapolis, MD-Governor Larry Hogan today joined Maryland Secretary of Transportation and Chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), James F. Ports Jr., and MDTA Executive Director, Will Pines, at the grand opening of a nearly $85 million new interchange at I-95 and Belvidere Road in Cecil County. The new interchange will provide access to and from Belvidere Road, reduce commercial traffic on local roads, improve safety and promote economic benefits for the regional community.
“We are thrilled to open Cecil County’s first transportation priority: an all-new interchange at I-95 and Belvidere Road,” Governor Hogan said. “Project design and utility work is winding down, making way for major construction this winter, and we expect this new interchange to open to traffic in the fall of 2025. I would like to thank Maryland Transportation Authority, our partners in Cecil County, as well as with Stewart Properties, and all of our contractors, and everyone who has been involved in bringing this groundbreaking project to fruition. This is truly another way for us, together, to change Maryland for the better.
The Governor continues to travel the state to open and advance major transportation projects. In recent months, he opened the expanded MD-32 in Howard County and the new Nice-Middleton Bridge in Charles County, and announced the next phase of a new Chesapeake Bay Crossing in Queen Anne County, as well as upgrades to MD-90 in Ocean City to fulfill the “Reach The Beach” long-range plan.
The interchange project will replace the existing two-lane upper bridge on Belvidere Road with a wider structure featuring additional lanes and shoulders to accommodate the new interchange. Partial clover leaf ramps will provide access to and from Belvidere Road and I-95 northbound and southbound. The work includes improvements to Belvidere Road to accommodate the interchange and the larger bridge structure. The exit number for the new I-95 interchange will be exit 95. The project is a partnership between the MDTA, Cecil County, and Stewart Property Management Inc., in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
“This new interchange will improve safety along the Belvidere Road corridor while expanding regional transportation access from I-95 to warehouses, distribution centers, freight centers and other commercial sites in Cecil County,” said the President of the MDTA and the Ports Transportation Secretary. “This is another example of Governor Hogan and MDOT working in partnership with local jurisdictions and the private sector to expand opportunities and improve the quality of life for residents.
The final design of the interchange is nearing completion, which will lead to grading and utility relocation activities this winter. The interchange is expected to open to traffic in the fall of 2025.
Belvidere Road will remain open throughout construction with temporary off-peak lane closures for major operations. In December 2021, the MDTA Board of Directors approved the selection of companies from Maryland Concrete General Inc. and Whitman, Requardt and Associates LLP, to design and construct the new Cecil County Interchange.
Follow project details and updates at mdta.maryland.gov.