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Road closures for Artscape in Baltimore

Posted: 2:19 AM, Jul 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-15 02:19:53-04
Artscape comes back to Baltimore

The country's largest free arts festival returns to Baltimore for its 36th year this week. Artscape runs from Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21. To prepare for the festival, a number of roads are closing days ahead of time.

Starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 15 these roads will be shut down:

  • Cathedral Street between Mount Royal Avenue and Preston Street
  • Royal Avenue between Dolphin and St. Paul Streets. The exit ramp from the Jones Falls Expressway to Mount Royal Avenue will also be closed
  • Oliver Street between Mt. Royal and Maryland Avenues
  • Preston Street between Cathedral and N. Howard Streets
  • Preston Street between Maryland Avenue and Cathedral Street

Then on Wednesday, July 17 more roads will be blocked off at 6 a.m.:

  • Charles Street between Preston Street and North Avenue. The I-83 entrance ramp will also close, however a special traffic chute will be implemented intermittently along Penn Drive for access to the I-83 ramp
  • Lafayette Avenue between Maryland Avenue and St. Paul Street
  • Lanvale Street between Maryland Avenue and Lovegrove Street

The roads closing Monday and Wednesday will not reopen until 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 23.

More road closures will be in effect while the festival is going on. The following roads will be closed from 9 a.m. Friday, July 19 through 6 a.m. Monday, July 22:

  • Maryland Avenue between Preston Street and North Avenue, including the bike lane
  • Falls Road between Lafayette and Maryland Avenues
  • North Avenue curb lane between Charles and St. Paul Streets
  • Park Avenue/Biddle Street between Howard and Cathedral Streets

With more than 350,000 people expected to attend, festival-goers are urged to take public transportation. Right now there is no light rail service between the North Avenue and Camden Yards stations. However a shuttle bus is carrying passengers between those stops.