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1 month after road collapse, some of Howard Street back open

Posted at 3:00 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 17:18:19-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — It's a bit of good news for people who commute through downtown Baltimore: two northbound lanes of Howard Street near Camden Yards are open again.

Howard and Pratt streets off 395 have been closed for a month after a large portion of the road collapsed underground. The Department of Public Works had to stabilize the area and then fill the voids and fix damage to storm drains and other utilities, all while traffic was being detoured.

Thursday, DPW said enough progress had been made underground that they could remove equipment from Howard Street and open up the lanes.

"There's work that is yet to be done but we anticipate being able to more fairly rapidly as we make progress here. You see already the footprint has gotten considerably smaller and narrower and that's a reflection of the work that has already been done," said Jeffrey Raymond, spokesman for DPW.

Raymond said all conduit and above ground utility work in the area, things like BGE and Verizon, should be done in a week or so and hopes next week, MTA can start to restore Light Rail service from Camden Yards to North Avenue. Right now, commuters still have to use a bus bridge.