Weekend work on bridge to close southbound JFX


About 30,0000 motorists who cut through the city using the Jones Falls Expressway will face disruption again this weekend as the city closes a section of the highway so workers can continue demolition of the Charles Street bridge.

Southbound lanes between North Avenue and Eager Street will close from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. The lanes will reopen briefly to accommodate traffic for Orioles games from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

While the highway is closed, motorists will be detoured to Mount Royal Avenue, St. Paul Street and Eager Street.

The crumbling Charles Street bridge, which spans Amtrak train lines, is being rebuilt in a two-year, $23 million construction project. The bridge was built in 1910. Improvements include construction of a ramp onto northbound Interstate 83 from Penn Station, and a new train station entrance from Charles Street.

"This should have very minimal impact," said Kurt Kocher of the city public works department. "Generally on the weekend, traffic is not that heavy. It won't add more than a couple of minutes to anybody's drive."

This is the second weekend the city has closed part of the highway for the project. Public works closed northbound lanes along the same stretch last weekend. Yet another closing is anticipated as the project progresses, but no date has been set, officials said.

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