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City Police close some roads for an hour to honor a retiring BPD Col.

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 14:30:11-04

BALTIMORE — Drivers heading through downtown Baltimore this afternoon will have to navigate an hour-long obstacle near City Hall, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation announced in a statement.

Fayette Street, between Holiday Street and President Street, will be closed from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. That is when BPD will honor Colonel Melvin Russell who will be retiring from the Baltimore Police Department after 39 years of service.

Detours will be in effect. Motorists will not be able to make the turn onto westbound Fayette Street from I-83/Jones Falls Expressway/President Street during the closure.

Nearby, Gay Street will also be closed to through traffic during the same hour-stretch this afternoon as to prevent vehicles from crossing at the Fayette Street intersection.

Drivers who parked in the Lexington Street Garage should know that Frederick Street, which runs behind the War Memorial Building, will be closed to traffic. All vehicles trying to leave that garage will be detoured north to Frederick Street and then to Gay Street.

Motorist should try to avoid the area and use alternate routes if possible.