Traffic delays expected on the Fourth

July 01, 2005

Baltimore transportation officials are warning motorists to expect significant delays downtown on the July 4 holiday when, in addition to large crowds coming to see fireworks, the Shriners are putting on an afternoon parade that will require closing many streets.

The parade is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at Camden Yards. It will go north on Paca Street, east on Pratt Street and disband at Market Place. The parade is expected to last five hours; periodic breaks will allow traffic and pedestrians to cross Pratt Street at selected intersections.

Pratt Street will be closed between Paca and President streets from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Also, two lanes of northbound Russell Street from Lee Street to Pratt Street will be closed during this time. Parking will be restricted along Baltimore Street from Howard Street to Paca Street and from Hopkins Place to Light Street from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Baltimore's Department of Transportation is urging people traveling in this area July 4 to seek alternate routes. It is also recommends that people coming to the Inner Harbor plan to arrive early and stay late.

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