Construction completed on Monroe Street Viaduct

April 22, 2006|By JOE PALAZZOLO | JOE PALAZZOLO,SUN REPORTER

Construction on the Monroe Street Viaduct is complete, Baltimore transportation officials announced yesterday, marking the first phase of the city's $30 million road improvement plan for the Russell Street corridor.

The $11 million in repairs and additions to the viaduct -- which serves as a gateway into Baltimore -- are expected to help motorists immediately by relieving congestion into downtown, traffic officials said.

"You should see improvements right away because the viaduct is a bypass to downtown traffic, and it's a direct route into the city," said David Brown, a spokesman for the Baltimore Department of Transportation.

Construction on the viaduct began in October 2004 and included the replacement of the viaduct bridge, new asphalt on the linking roadways, 18 new street lamps, 16 feet of new concrete median and 800 feet of new drain pipes, as well as new traffic inlets and ramps.

Subsequent phases will see improvements to the Russell Street Viaduct, the Waterview Avenue ramp and the Annapolis Road ramp.

The project should be completed by the end of next year, according to city officials.

joe.palazzolo@baltsun.com

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