City warns of July Fourth traffic changes downtown

Road closures, parking restrictions in effect for parade

High volume expected

June 28, 2005|By Winyan Soo Hoo | Winyan Soo Hoo,Special to baltimoresun.com

The Baltimore Department of Transportation today announced road closures and parking restrictions in effect for the Shriners' Fourth of July parade, which will be held on Monday starting at 1 p.m.

The parade will leave from Camden Yards and proceed north on Paca Street, then east on Pratt Street to Market Place, where it will begin disbanding to President Street, officials said.

The event is expected to last approximately five hours, with periodic breaks to allow traffic and pedestrians to cross Pratt Street at various intersections along the parade route, according to authorities.

In preparation for the parade, Pratt Street will be closed to through traffic between Paca and President streets on Monday from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., with detours in effect. Two lanes of northbound Russell Street from Lee to Pratt streets will also be closed to traffic during this time.

Patrons of July Fourth events are encouraged to arrive early to these events and to use public parking facilities in the surrounding areas. The department plans to have traffic enforcement officers in place to facilitate the movement of traffic.

Parking will also be restricted along Baltimore Street from Howard to Paca streets, and from Hopkins Place to Light Street on Monday from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Shriners' Night Parade will be held at 7 p.m. on July 6 and will also leave from Camden Yards, following the same route as the July Fourth parade.

In preparation for the evening parade, Pratt Street will again be closed to through traffic between Paca and President streets next Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., with detours in effect. Two lanes of northbound Russell Street from Lee to Pratt Streets will be closed to traffic during this time, and the Baltimore Street parking restrictions listed above will again be enforced.

The department today also warned of the high volume of traffic expected in the downtown area on July Fourth and encouraged those traveling in the vicinity during either of the parades to use alternate routes. Pratt Street traffic will be detoured north on Paca Street, east on Baltimore Street, south on President Street, then back to Pratt Street.

The department also announced today that temporary Fourth of July commercial vehicle restrictions will be in place, permitting such vehicles from the downtown and Inner Harbor areas, except for local deliveries. The restrictions will be in effect on Monday from noon until midnight.

The streets and areas affected include: traffic east of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, from the Interstate 395 split to Fayette Street; Fayette Street from MLK to President Street; President Street from Aliceanna Street to Fayette Street; Pratt and Lombard streets from MLK to President Street; I-395 at the MLK split to Pratt Street; Light Street from Pratt Street to Key Highway; Key Highway from Light Street to McComas Street; and Hanover Street from McComas Street to Montgomery Street.

June 28, 2005, 2:58 PM EDT

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