Orioles, lacrosse fans to snarl weekend traffic

May 26, 2007|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,Sun Reporter

Heavy traffic is predicted in downtown Baltimore and along Interstate 95 in the city this weekend because of the convergence of a series of events, including a national college lacrosse tournament at the Ravens stadium.

The Maryland Transportation Authority is advising motorists traveling through Baltimore between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. today through Monday to use the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel or the Francis Scott Key Bridge as an alternative to the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

The heaviest traffic is expected on Interstate 95 south of the city approaching the Russell Street and Interstate 395 exits as well as city streets leading to the Camden Yards stadium complex. The resurfacing of I-95 near Columbia is suspended for the weekend.

The authority said the National Collegiate Athletic Association's lacrosse semifinal and final are expected to draw about 60,000 spectators for the Division I games today and Monday. The Division II games tomorrow are expected to draw about 30,000.

Tomorrow, lacrosse fans will vie with baseball fans for streets and parking spaces. The Orioles play at 1:35 p.m. tomorrow, while lacrosse games are at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Cruise passengers arrive at South Locust Point Marine Terminal to board the cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas about 1 p.m. tomorrow. That could bring heavy traffic to I-95 and Key Highway, according to transportation authority spokeswoman Kelly McCleary.

Frank Murphy, deputy director of traffic with the Baltimore Department of Transportation, said priority on stadium lots Sunday will go to Orioles fans.

michael.dresser@baltsun.com

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