Ravens game expected to affect traffic

August 19, 2005

City transportation officials are warning motorists to expect congestion tomorrow because of the pre-season football home-opener between the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles at M&T Bank Stadium.

Parking restrictions will be in effect in neighborhoods around the stadium, limiting parking to residents with valid permits. Officials urged fans to park at commercial lots or use public transportation, or to car pool.

Road construction on Russell Street near the stadium could add to delays, though some work will be suspended on game day, the city said.

Two northbound lanes and one southbound lane of Russell Street will be open starting five hours before the 8 p.m. kickoff. Three lanes of southbound Russell Street will open at 9:30 p.m. in anticipation of departing traffic. At that time, cars northbound on Russell Street will be detoured to the Waterview Avenue exit.

The ramp from Interstate 95 to northbound Russell Street will be closed, with traffic detoured to Interstate 395 and then onto Pratt, Charles, Lombard and Russell streets.

Detours will remain in effect until midnight or when traffic has cleared the stadium lots.

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