Conway St. traffic congestion expected to worsen

Lane closings will exacerbate tie-ups

May 04, 2011|By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

The already congested commute through Baltimore's Conway Street bottleneck is expected to become even more constricted for the next five to six weeks as the city ramps up a series of closings for utility and repaving work.

Conway Street, a well-traveled link between Interstate 95 and Light Street, has been the site of lane closings for weeks as the city prepares for the downtown Grand Prix race scheduled for September and as BGE works to seal gas leaks from underground utility lines.

Morning commuters on eastbound Conway could face significant backups because traffic that normally flows onto northbound Light will be detoured onto Charles. One of the three eastbound lanes will remain open between Charles and Light for traffic turning right onto southbound Light.

Commuters leaving town in the evening could face similar congestion because only one lane of westbound Conway will be open, with access from southbound Light only. Though all lanes of northbound Light will be open, left turns onto Conway will be prohibited. On southbound Light, two lanes of through traffic will remain open, but only one right-turn lane onto westbound Conway will be open.

City transportation officials are urging motorists to avoid Conway and use alternate routes into and out of downtown.

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