A bad morning on Light Street
It's hard to say from day to day how a lane closing will affect traffic. On Monday, the flow of vehicles into downtown Baltimore from the south was reasonably brisk in spite of the closing of two lanes of Light Street at Pratt. Today, according to reports from colleagues who use that corridor, it was a mess.
(I took my own advice and used Russell Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, which were fine.)
City transportation officials acknowledge that it was slow going this morning. Chief of traffic Randall Scott said an unusually large percentage of drivers seemed to choose the Key Highway and Hanover Street exits this morning, resulting in backups on Light heading into the city. Why a large number of drivers would suddenly decide to experiment with one route rather than another is apparently one of those mysteries that traffic science can't explain. Tomorrow, it could be Martin Luther King that backs up.
Whatever the cause, the traffic problems on Light Street are expected to continue through this week and next as the city closes lanes for concrete replacement work. It's all part of the repairs being done in advance of the Grand Prix race scheduled for next year at Labor Day. City officials say the work needs to be done anyway, but that's not stopping drivers from cursing the Grand Prix and everyone whose brilliant idea it was.