Downtown streets to close for Grand Prix of Baltimore

Significant closures to begin Thursday evening

August 30, 2012|By Julie Scharper and Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun

Drivers are urged to plan alternate routes to travel through downtown Baltimore, as significant road closures are slated to begin Thursday evening to prepare for the second annual Grand Prix of Baltimore.

At 8 a.m. Thursday, Baltimore Police warned drivers to expect delays on 395 due to the Grand Prix. Traffic is diverted to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Pratt Street from MLK to Paca Street is currently closed and Conway Street is currently closed.

Light Street between Key Highway and Pratt Street, and Howard Street between Lombard and Pratt streets will be closed beginning at 7:30 p.m. The northbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard exit to Russell Street will close at 1:30 p.m., shortly after the start of the Orioles game.

The Charm City Circulator bus will relocate all Orange Route stops from Pratt Street to Baltimore Street beginning Thursday morning in preparation for the three-day open-wheel racing festival. The Purple and Banner routes will also be changed during the race.

Buses will shuttle Light Rail passengers between the Baltimore Street and Hamburg Street stops, as a portion of the tracks will be closed during the race.

Portions of several other downtown streets will also be closed to motorists Thursday evening and will reopen early Tuesday. Full details and maps can be found at

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