Street closures are planned for Artscape

July 14, 2008

Numerous streets near the Maryland Institute College of Art will be closed as workers prepare for the Artscape celebration that begins Friday, according to the city's Department of Transportation.

Dolphin Street between Mount Royal Avenue and Howard Street closed on Friday and will remain shut to traffic through 5 p.m. July 22.

Starting 7 a.m. today through July 22, these streets will be off-limits to traffic:

* The northside and southside curb lanes of Mount Royal Avenue from North to Maryland avenues.

* Cathedral Street from Preston Street to Mount Royal Avenue.

* Preston Street from Cathedral to Howard streets.

* Oliver Street from Maryland to Mount Royal avenues.

Closures from 7 a.m. Wednesday through 6 a.m. Monday:

* Both curb lanes of North Charles Street from Mount Royal Avenue to the Penn Station service drive. Access to Interstate 83 will be open.

* North Charles Street from the I-83 on-ramp to Lanvale Street. Motorists will be able to access I-83 from the Penn Station service drive, but they will not be able to turn north onto Charles Street.

* Both sides of Mount Royal Avenue from Maryland Avenue to Charles Street.

* North side of eastbound Mount Royal Avenue from Charles to St. Paul streets, including the off-ramp from I-83 to Mount Royal Avenue. The south side of eastbound Mount Royal Avenue will remain open for traffic making a right turn off North Charles Street.

* The northside curb lane of Lanvale Street from Mount Royal Avenue to Rutter Street.

Closures from 10 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Monday:

* Both sides of North Charles Street from Lanvale Street to Lafayette Avenue.

* The south side of Lafayette Avenue from St. Paul Street to Maryland Avenue.

Closures from 9 a.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday:

* North Charles Street from Mount Royal to Lafayette avenues. The I-83 ramp will be closed.

* Maryland Avenue from North Avenue to Preston Street, including the Maryland Avenue off-ramp from southbound I-83. Local traffic will be allowed access to Falls Road from Lafayette Avenue.

In addition, several roads near the festival will be turned into one-way streets to accommodate residents who live in the area. From 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Maryland Avenue will be converted into two-way traffic from Preston Street to Mount Royal Avenue for morning church services. Parking also will be restricted in the area.

Many detours will be in effect:

* Southbound Mount Royal Avenue traffic will be detoured east on North Avenue, south on St. Paul Street and back to Mount Royal.

* Westbound Preston Street traffic will be detoured south onto Maryland Avenue, west onto Chase Street, north onto Howard Street and back to Preston and Dolphin streets.

* Southbound Maryland Avenue traffic will be detoured east onto Biddle Street, north onto Calvert Street, west onto North Avenue and back to Mount Royal Avenue.

* Northbound Mount Royal Avenue traffic will be detoured east onto Biddle Street, north onto Calvert Street, west on North Avenue and back to Mount Royal.

City transportation officials encourage patrons to use public transportation, including light rail and buses. The Mount Royal light rail stop is on the festival grounds and has extended hours through the event.

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