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Baltimore City releases 4th of July travel advisory

Posted at 3:20 AM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 08:54:29-04

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation is warning drivers about some temporary vehicle restrictions and road closures during the Fourth of July holiday:

The restrictions will be in effect on Thursday, July 4, 2019 starting at 12:00 p.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. that evening.

During this time, commercial vehicles will NOT be permitted in the downtown and Inner Harbor portions of Baltimore City, except for local deliveries.

Please note that tanker trailers will NOT be permitted downtown during this time, including those for local deliveries. This commercial vehicle restriction excludes cabs, buses and other mass transportation vehicles.

Commercial Vehicle Restrictions will be implemented in the following areas:

· Fayette Street from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to President Street. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed to travel on or south of Fayette Street.

· President Street from Aliceanna to Fayette Streets. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed to travel on or west of President Street.

· Light Street from Pratt Street to Key Highway.

· Key Highway from Light to McComas Streets.

· Hanover Street from McComas to Montgomery Streets. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed north of McComas Street, including Hanover Street.

· Pratt, Lombard and Baltimore Streets from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to President Street.

· I-395 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard split to Pratt Street. Commercial vehicles will not be permitted on I-395.

· No commercial vehicle traffic will be allowed east of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard from the I-395 split to Fayette Street.

In addition to the temporary commercial vehicle restrictions, the following streets will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 8:30 p.m. until clear:

· Eastbound Conway Street at I-395 - Northbound I-395 traffic will be diverted north on Howard Street.

· Pratt Street will be closed at Charles Street - Pratt Street traffic will be diverted north on Charles Street to continue east on Baltimore Street.

· Lombard Street will be closed at President Street - Westbound Lombard Street traffic will be diverted at President Street to continue west on Fayette Street.

· Southbound Light Street will be closed at Lombard Street - Southbound Light Street traffic will be diverted onto Lombard Street to continue south on Sharp Street.

· Northbound Light Street will be closed at Lee Street - Northbound Light Street traffic will be diverted onto Lee Street to continue north on Charles Street.

The following lane closures will be implemented on Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. until clear:

· North side of Lombard Street from President to South Streets

· West side of Charles Street from Conway to Fayette Streets

Parking Restrictions will also be implemented on Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight at the following locations:

· Both sides of Gay Street from Pratt to Fayette Streets

· Both sides of Calvert Street from Pratt to Fayette Streets

· Both sides of Baltimore Street from Charles to Gay Streets

· South side of Key Highway from Light to William Streets

Due to the large number of people expected in the downtown area for July 4th festivities, patrons attending the events are strongly encouraged to use public transportation including mass transit, Light Rail and the Charm City Circulator. Patrons who wish to drive downtown should park at commercial parking facilities and avoid area neighborhoods.

The Department of Transportation will have Transportation Enforcement Officers (TEO’S) in place to facilitate the movement of traffic. Motorists should exercise patience and be on the watch for pedestrians while driving downtown, especially when approaching area crosswalks.