End date of JFX roadwork moves to mid-September due to rain

August 16, 2004|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF

Any hopes commuters had that the roadwork on the Jones Falls Expressway would be completed today have been washed away.

Baltimore's Department of Transportation, which had been planning to complete the JFX reconstruction by yesterday, now expects to complete the project by the middle of next month.

David Brown, the department's spokesman, said this summer's heavy rainfall is the reason for the delay.

"You can't do lines, you can't do concrete, you can't do paving, you can't do any of these things if it's raining," he said.

Brown said the department had been expecting to make progress on its concrete work over the weekend before forecasts of stormy weather put that in doubt.

The delays mean that drivers on the stretch of the JFX from Fayette Street to North Avenue will have to continue making do with two lanes in each direction.

When the $12.5 million project is completed, the JFX will return to three lanes.

The spokesman asked for the public's understanding of the delays in a project that has taken more than two years.

"Please be patient with us because we are really eager to get it done," he said. "We just can't control the elements."

Brown said the mid-September estimate is firm "unless we get a few more hurricanes."

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