Conway Street lane closings could tie up traffic
Commuters from south of Baltimore who drive to downtown on Interstate 95 could face serious delays next week when the city Department of Transportation shuts down two lanes of eastbound Conway Street between Charles and Light streets.
The work will affect traffic between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Thursday. Part of the city's preparations for next year's downtown Grand Prix race, the project will leave only the right-hand lane of three-lane Conway open. That lane will remain open only for traffic headed south on Light. Northbound traffic will be detoured onto Charles Street.
The diversion comes on top of a continuing double-lane closing on Pratt Street between Greene and Calvert streets. As the work continues, the city is urging motorists to avoid causing gridlock blocking intersections.
Drivers coming to the city on Interstate 395 might want to avoid Conway Street by continuing straight onto Howard Street. For others, it could be advantageous to take the Martin Luther King Boulevard exit and take a right turn on Baltimore, Saratoga or Mulberry streets or Druid Hill Avenue. Another alternate route is to take Russell Street into Paca Street and to turn on the appropriate eastbound strreet.
Construction work to prepare for the Grand Prix, scheduled next September, is expected to continue for nine monthhs. According to the city, much of the work would have had to have been completed over the next few years even without the race.