Pratt Street traffic disrupted
The downtown commute out of downtown Baltimore is looking grim. The Downtown Partnership sent us the following account of problems on Pratt Street:
Police activity has closed Pratt Street near Market Place. Traffic is being detoured onto Market Place, but volumes are heavy and movement is complicated by ongoing road improvements along Pratt, Light, and Calvert Streets. We advise motorists avoid the area and suggest using Charles, Calvert, Eutaw, or MLK as northbound alternatives, and Mulberry as an eastbound alternative.
City Transportation Department spokeswoman Cathy Chopper said the blockage was the result of "police activity" and that she did not know the specific cause. She said the department is diispatching employees to the scene.
Police spokesman Kevin Brown said officers were investigating a report of a suspicious package but so far had not found any cause for concern. Brown expected the scene to be cleared before 6 p.m.