Motorists warned of Preakness traffic

May 19, 2006

The Baltimore Department of Transportation is advising motorists of street closures and other traffic restrictions around the Pimlico Race Course before and after tomorrow's running of the Preakness Stakes, and officials are warning anyone traveling in Northwest Baltimore to expect delays and to seek alternate routes.

Officials are urging people who attend the race to park in commercial lots or use public transportation.

Special traffic patterns - including making two-way streets one-way - are in effect through 8 p.m. Saturday on 14 roads around the track, including Rogers, Winner, Sulgrave, Rusk and Woodcrest avenues. Rogers Avenue will be closed from Winner Avenue to Northern Parkway from 10 p.m. today to 9 p.m. tomorrow.

The southbound exit ramp from the Jones Falls Expressway to eastbound Northern Parkway will be closed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Cars will be detoured to Cold Spring Lane.

The southbound exit ramp from the JFX to westbound Northern Parkway will be closed from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Westbound Northern Parkway will be closed from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow from Falls Road to Greenspring Avenue.

City officials say that parking restrictions will be strictly enforced and that cars in violation will be towed to Cylburn Avenue, just south of Northern Parkway. Motorists seeking their vehicles can call the 311 non-emergency police line to find the exact location.

Transportation officials say that towed vehicles will not be assessed a towing relocation fee, but that owners could still face fines from citations.

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