Here's what to look out for if you're traveling in the Baltimore metropolitan area this week, based on information from state and local highway agencies and the Mass Transit Administration. The list of highway projects includes only newly announced work, not continuing construction, which is currently extensive on several highways, including Interstate 95, U.S. 50/301 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
New highway projects
* In Baltimore County, the Paper Mill Road Bridge over the Gunpowder Falls will reopen to traffic tomorrow after repairs.
* In Anne Arundel County, major changes are scheduled Wednesday on Interstate 97 (Route 3) between Route 32 and New Cut Road (Business Route 3); however, these will have little effect on through traffic. On I-97, northbound traffic will be routed to final location (southbound traffic is already in final location). There will no longer be access to existing Route 3, East Frontage Road, from new northbound I-97 at Dorr's Corner; East Frontage Road from Dorr's Corner to Business Route 3 will remain one-way northbound temporarily. Benfield Boulevard access from new northbound I-97 will be by ramp and East Frontage Road. The State Highway Administration estimates that traffic signals, signs and striping on East Frontage Road will have been modified by April to allow two-way traffic; widening, curb, gutter and storm drain construction should be complete by August.
Farther north on I-97, access from Old Mill Road to I-97 northbound and southbound will remain open until East Frontage Road is modified to provide two-way traffic. North of Old Mill Road, direct access from East Frontage Road to new northbound I-97 will be closed; use New Cut Road/Business 3 interchange. Access to northbound I-97 from New Cut Road/Business 3 will be by ramp; follow signs.
* In West Baltimore, Poplar Grove Street Bridge closes tomorrow, reopens September. Motorists should use Bloomingdale Road.
* In northeast Baltimore County, traffic on Old York Road (Route 439) will be rerouted tomorrow to roadway east of I-83 to Harford County line.
Light rail construction
* Eastbound ramp from Northern Parkway to southbound Jones Falls Expressway (I-83) closed daily, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., for approximately two weeks for utility work on light rail line. Traffic directed to southbound JFX access ramp from westbound Northern Parkway.
* Dolphin Street between Howard Street and Mount Royal Avenue now one-way westbound. Traffic coming from south via Martin Luther King Boulevard destined for northbound Jones Falls Expressway continues east to Chase Street, east on Chase to Cathedral Street, then north at 1100 block of Cathedral to Mount Royal Avenue and expressway.
Bus route changes
The MTA has scheduled the following changes in bus routes for this week. For more information, call 539-5000; TTY for the hearing-impaired, 539-3497.
Nos. 2, 5, 8, 20, 35, 36, 91, 150 and 160: Because of a water main break, Baltimore Street is one lane only between Light Street and Guilford Avenue. Buses eastbound on Baltimore Street travel via regular route to Light, then south on Light, east on Pratt Street, and north on Gay Street to Baltimore.
Return to regular route
No. 15: Effective tomorrow, buses will return to the Bloomingdale Road bridge from the temporary route on the Poplar Grove Bridge.
There are continuing diversions on the No. 28 (Mondawmin Branch) line because of light-rail construction and on the Nos. 14, 63, 64, 63 Express, 64 Express and 220 lines because of construction on the Hanover Street bridge. Please call 539-5000 for more detailed information on these routes.