Lane Closures to Begin on Light St, Calvert St and Key Highway

Friday, August 13

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists that full time lane closures will be implemented along Light Street, Calvert Street and Key Highway as work on the downtown infrastructure improvement project progresses.

On Saturday, August 14, 2010 lane closures will be implemented in the following areas starting at 7:00 a.m.:

Three lanes of southbound Light Street will be closed to through traffic between Lombard and Pratt Streets for the reconstruction of the intersection at Pratt and Light Streets. This intersection work is expected to be complete in approximately two weeks.

Two lanes of northbound Light Street/Calvert Street will be closed to through traffic from Key Highway to Lombard Street.

The full time double lane closures will continue to be implemented along Pratt Street from Greene to Calvert Streets.

Motorists who travel along Pratt Street, Light Street and Calvert Street should be on the watch for changing traffic patterns.

Commuters traveling in this vicinity should expect delays and are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes. Citizens coming into the downtown area should consider using I-395 to Howard Street as an alternate route to bypass the construction zones. Motorists driving from the west to the east should use Mulberry Street or Baltimore Street as alternatives to Pratt Street. Parking will be restricted along Baltimore Street from Paca to South Streets so that additional lanes of travel will be open for overflow traffic. Parking will also be restricted along Light Street between Baltimore and Lombard Street.

Variable messaging signs will be placed at strategic locations to alert motorists of the construction. The Department of Transportation’s Special Traffic Enforcement Officers (STEO’s) will assist with the movement of traffic in the downtown area.

The Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project is an extension of the Department of Transportation’s Operation Orange Cone program. Operation Orange Cone is a city wide effort engineered by the Department of Transportation to improve roadways and infrastructure throughout the city.

The City of Baltimore will be hosting the Grand Prix in 2011. Downtown streets affected by the event which are in need of repair will be improved by the City. The City will also be completing other necessary public infrastructure projects at the same time for efficiency purposes. Improvements will be made along Pratt, Light, Conway, Howard, Lee and Russell Streets and construction work is expected to last for nine months.