BALTIMORE — First it was Druid Hill Park, then it was Lake Montebello, where portions of traffic were closed off for an initiative called Slow Streets to promote exercising while social distancing.
Now the pilot program has extended to the Patterson Park area.
Traffic on S. Linwood Avenue from E. Baltimore Street to Eastern Avenue will only be open to neighborhood residents, so people can safely walk, run, and bike while social distancing.
New traffic patterns went into effect on May 21.
Visitors who want to exercise at any of the Slow Street parks have to stay at least six-feet apart, otherwise the city says they will shut down the program.
The following streets around Patterson Park will be impacted:
- S. Linwood Avenue and E. Baltimore Street - Traffic calming barriers and only local traffic allowed.
- S. Linwood Avenue and E. Lombard Street - Traffic calming barriers and only local traffic allowed.
- S. Linwood Avenue and E. Pratt Street - Traffic calming barriers and only local traffic allowed.
- S. Linwood Avenue and Eastern Avenue - Traffic calming barriers and only local traffic allowed.
Below is a list of streets impacted at Lake Montebello:
- All roadways circulating Lake Montebello closed, including Whitman Drive and Curran Drive
- Detour using E. 32nd Street and Harford Road
- Closure of Curran Drive to vehicular traffic. Entrances to park are closed at Whitman Drive and Lake Montebello Drive and/or Chesterfield Avenue (options depend on construction contractor)
- There will be no vehicular access to Lake Montebello Drive. Neighborhood outlet at Lake Montebello Terrace.
Local Access Only:
- Residential streets immediately adjacent to Lake Montebello will be utilized for local access only.
As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues, the city reminds its residents that a stay-at-home order remains in effect in Baltimore and you should only leave home for essential reasons.