Traffic woes clog city

February 09, 2010|By Brent Jones | Baltimore Sun reporter

With several major roadways and arteries to downtown condensed to one lane, traffic in the Baltimore area has been reduced to snail-like status, hampering commuters as they attempted to return to work Tuesday.

A jack-knifed tractor-trailer early in the morning closed two lanes on southbound Interstate 83 near Falls Road, snarling the ride on the city's major thoroughfare from the north. Commutes were taking three to four times longer than normal, according to drivers, and the highway continue to be backed up well into late morning.

Traffic along the Baltimore Beltway and northbound Interstate 95 during rush hour was also slowed, while many side streets in the city and surrounding counties remained unplowed.

Transportation officials say the reduced lanes come from stacked snow piles causing traffic congestion, the results of plows moving more than 20 inches of snow from this weekend's storm.

With a new round of snow expected to dump 10 inches or more beginning Tuesday afternoon, neighborhood frustration is beginning to mount.

Edith Evans, 84, who lives in the 5600 block of Fernpark Ave. said the city has yet to plow her Powder Mill community, and that many of her elderly neighbors need to get to medical appointments.

"We have a lady here who doesn't have legs," Evans said. "A lot of older people live on this block, and none of us can get out. We know we got a lot of snow, but somebody needs to do something."

Crews have worked overtime to restore some bus and train service but some routes remained running on a limited schedule, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

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