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June 13, 2009

Escaping Harbor East

My travels don't usually take me into the Harbor East area on weekdays at rush hour, but I happened to be down that way Thursday and Friday. That's quite a traffic mess down there -- especially for folks trying to get to the west side or Interstate 95 south.

 On Thursday about 6 p.m. I tried to do it the logical, shortest-distance route: up President Street and west on Lombard Street. It was about a half-hour crawl just to get to Light Street.

On Friday, I got free about the same time but I wasn't about to try that again. I remembered what city highway officials had recommended and backtacked to Central Avenue, headed north to Orleans Street, crossed the Orleans Street bridge onto Franklin and continued to Martin Luther King Blvd. south. It was a much longer, more circuitous route with lots of lights, but it must have taken 15 minutes off the trip.

So if you're trying to get out of Harbor East or anywhere in Southeast at the evenings rush hour, remember. The shortest (temporal) distance between two points isn't a straight line.

Posted by Michael Dresser at 1:32 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: On the roads


Fastest way out of downtown is on foot to subway and these people want build another slow light rail!!!

that probably the worst possible route you could take. I suggest taking Central Ave up to Fayette, cut across town and shot down st paul to light.

or if you can part with $2 just go to boston to 95 and go through the tunnel, that's why it's there.

That area is going to get much worse when the Legg Mason tower opens.

Or you could head East up Aliceanna and Boston Streets and use the Ft McHenry Tunnel to get to Fed Hill. Much more reliable than anything through downtown.

So....... How's that wonderful $10 million traffic-light timing system network working out for y'all, huh? Do you now see why I said it's actually WORSE since its supposed installation?

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About Michael Dresser
Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.

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