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.