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Roads closed, traffic altered for Preakness weekend

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Posted at 10:28 AM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 10:47:21-04

BALTIMORE — With the Preakness Stakes coming to Baltimore this weekend, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation is warning drivers of extensive road closures and traffic modifications in effect for Saturday’s race.

Attendees are strongly urged to carpool or use public transportation when attending the race. Those who are driving should park in commercial lots and not in the area neighborhoods. Posted parking restrictions will be strictly enforced as violators will be ticketed and towed. Cars that are towed will be taken to Clyburn Avenue, south of Northern Parkway.

Though most road closures affect travel near Pimlico Race Course, extra traffic of cars and pedestrians who came to town for the race, many potentially being unfamiliar with the city, may cause delays throughout Baltimore, and motorists are urged to be extra careful all weekend.

In terms of closures, the following roads will be closed or modified from 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

For single-lane closures all weekend:

• Manhattan Avenue – one way eastbound from Winner Avenue to Pimlico Road
• Whitney Avenue – one-way westbound from Pimlico Road to Key Avenue
• Sulgrave Avenue – one-way westbound from Stuart Avenue to Highgate Avenue
• Rockwood Avenue – one-way eastbound from Key Avenue to Berkeley Avenue
• Simmons Avenue – one-way southbound from Rockwood Avenue to Manhattan Avenue
• Woodcrest Avenue – one-way northbound from W. Northern Parkway to Rockwood Avenue
• Merville Avenue – one-way southbound from Glen Avenue to W. Northern Parkway
• Berkeley Avenue – one-way northbound from Whitney Avenue to Glen Avenue
• Stuart Avenue – one-way northbound from W. Northern Parkway to Sulgrave Avenue
• Rusk Avenue – one-way southbound from Whitney Avenue to W. Northern Parkway.

Friday, May 17, 2019 starting at 5:00 a.m. until Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11:00 p.m.:

• Rogers Avenue – Closed from Winner Avenue to W. Northern Parkway
• Bland Avenue – Closed from W. Northern Parkway to Rogers Avenue
• Key Avenue – Closed from W. Northern Parkway to Rogers Avenue
• Woodcrest Avenue – Closed from W. Northern Parkway to Rogers Avenue
• Merville Avenue – Closed from W. Northern Parkway to Rogers Avenue
• Stuart Avenue – Closed from W. Northern Parkway to Rogers Avenue
• Rogers Avenue – One-way westbound from Winner Avenue to Park Heights Avenue
• Winner Avenue – One-way northbound Hayward Avenue to W. Northern Parkway

Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.:

• Southbound Jones Falls Expressway exit ramp to eastbound W. Northern Parkway will be closed. Motorists will be redirected to the Cold Spring Lane exits.
• Cylburn Avenue – Closed from W. Northern Parkway to Greenspring Avenue

Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.:

• Hayward Avenue – One way eastbound from Park Heights to Winner Avenues

Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.:

• Pimlico Road – Closed from W. Northern Parkway to Ken Oak Avenue
• Pimlico Road – One-way northbound from Ken Oak Avenue to W. Greenspring Avenue
• Westbound W. Northern Parkway – Closed from Falls Road to W. Greenspring Avenue
• The North & Southbound Jones Falls Expressway exit ramps to westbound Northern Parkway will be closed

In addition to the closures, an emergency travel lane will be created along eastbound W. Northern Parkway, between Park Heights Avenue and Greenspring Avenue from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday so emergency vehicles can travel in the area.