April 16th, 2012
Jones Falls Expressway Lane Closures to Begin
Significant Delays Expected for Motorists
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists that beginning Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., the left lane of both the northbound and southbound Jones Falls Expressway in the vicinity of 29th Street and Druid Park Lake Drive will be closed.
The lane closures are needed for emergency repairs to collapsed drainage pipes that are located underneath the expressway and have caused significant washout and undermining conditions.
Once the closures are implemented, they will remain in effect until construction is complete, which is expected to take up to six to eight weeks. However, the duration of construction is uncertain at this time, and the lane closures could extend beyond this period.
It is important that these closures are implemented now for safety reasons due to the undermining of the roadway. Due to the complex nature of the work involved, motorists will not see any construction work occurring in this area for a few weeks after the closures are implemented.
Once repairs begin, adjacent lanes of travel may be narrowed through the construction zone for the safety of the work crews. In addition, adjacent travel
lanes and possible full closures of the expressway may be implemented during evening and late night hours.
These lane closures will cause significant delays along the expressway, particularly during the morning and afternoon peak hours. The remaining two lanes in each direction will not provide sufficient capacity to accommodate traffic demand and will result in serious congestion.
To avoid delays during the lane closures, motorists are strongly advised to use alternate routes when trying to access the downtown area during peak hours. Commuters should also consider using alternate modes of travel including the Light Rail and Metro Subway. If possible, motorists should alter their travel times to “come early and stay late” in order to avoid delays.
ALTERNATE ROUTES TO THE ZOO:
• For motorists coming to or from Northwest Baltimore or northwest Baltimore County (including Pikesville, Reisterstown and Randallstown), the alternate routes are Liberty Road/Liberty Heights Avenue, Reisterstown Road and Park Heights Avenue. Liberty Heights takes you right into Druid Hill Park.
• For motorists coming to or from North Baltimore City or County (including Towson, Timonium and Cockeysville), the alternate routes are Northern Parkway or Cold Spring Lane to Greenspring Avenue heading south. Greenspring leads you into the Park. The Zoo entrance is after the disc golf course. You can also use Charles and/or Loch Raven to 29th Street to Druid Park Lake Drive.
• For motorists coming to or from Northeast Baltimore City and County (including Parkville, Overlea and Perry Hall), the alternate routes are Hillen Road/Perring Parkway, Harford Road and Belair Road to North Avenue. Follow signs to the JFX, BEAR RIGHT at exit onto Druid Park Lake Drive so you do not get on the JFX (which is left).
For additional information, including a map of suggested alternate routes, log onto www.BaltimoreCity.gov