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 MTA. The list of highway projects includes only newly announced work, not ongoing construction, which is currently extensive on several highways, including Interstate 95, U.S. 50/301 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Highway plans are subject to change because of weather or other factors.
New highway projects
* Route 10 (Arundel Expressway) in Pasadena: The 2.3-mile southern extension of this highway, from Route 100 to Ritchie Highway, was scheduled to open yesterday. The extension allows motorists to travel from the Baltimore Beltway to south of Jumpers Hole Road without using Ritchie Highway, which is congested in the Pasadena area, and provides an alternative to Ritchie Highway for northbound motorists from the Severna Park area. There is a new traffic signal at the intersection of Route 10 and Ritchie Highway.
* Beltway (I-695) at Liberty Road: Two lanes of inner loop on bridge over Liberty Road closed 6 a.m.-1 p.m. today for deck repairs.
* U.S. 50/301 at Cape St. Clair Road: 15-minute stoppages eastbound Monday-Thursday, 10 p.m.-6 a.m., for setting structural steel. (One lane only open 8 p.m.-10 p.m. and 6 a.m.-10 a.m.)
Light rail construction
* 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.
A footrace today necessitates the following diversions from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
No. 14 -- Northbound, via regular route to Ritchie Highway and Hanover Street, then north on Potee Street to Hanover, then via regular route. No change in southbound service.
No. 64 -- Northbound, via regular route to Patapsco Avenue and Hanover, then west on Patapsco, north on Potee to Hanover, then via regular route. No change in southbound service.
No. 8 (Inner Harbor) -- Northbound, via regular route on Calvert Street to Pratt Street, then east on Pratt, north on Gay Street to Baltimore Street, then via regular route. No change southbound.
Effective next Sunday, MTA bus and Metro fares will rise 10 cents. The new base fare will be $1.10; transfers, zone fares and monthly passes will not cost any more. The new fare for senior citizens with disabilities will be 40 cents, up a nickel. Students will pay 75 cents instead of 70 cents.