Grand Prix Traffic Updates

The city Department of Transportation reminds us of road closures associated with the Grand Prix of Baltimore that could complicate the commute for those coming to or leaving the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), where liberal leave is in effect Aug. 29-30. For a map of the progression of road closures, click here. On Monday night, Aug. 26, the following closures began:

Sharp Street between Pratt and Conway streets

Hopkins Place between Pratt and Lombard streets - Access to Pratt Street will be eliminated during the event (Aug. 30-Sept. 1), but two-way local access will be maintained from Lombard Street to the road closure near Pratt Street throughout the event period.

Hanover Street between Pratt and Lombard streets - Access to Pratt Street will be eliminated during the event, but two-way local access will be maintained from Lombard Street to the road closure near Pratt Street throughout the event period.

Lee Street between Light and Charles Streets – Access to/from Light Street will be eliminated during the event, but two-way traffic will be maintained from Charles Street eastward to the closure near Light Street to accommodate local access.

On Thursday, Aug. 29, significant delays can be expected when heading into the city, particularly from the south. Motorists are strongly encouraged to plan alternate routes via the north, east, or west. Starting on Thursday evening and continuing throughout the weekend, downtown traffic will lighten significantly, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation reports.

For changes in the UMB garage schedules, click here. Transit operations also will be modified because of the Grand Prix. Subway, bus, and Light Rail riders should visit the MTA website at http://www.mta.maryland.gov. UM shuttle riders can check http://www.umaryland.edu/shuttlebus/, and Charm City Circulator riders can check www.charmcitycirculator.com.

A note for pedestrians and bicyclists: Starting at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, the full track circuit will be closed to vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists can use the Inner Harbor Promenade to bypass the track area to the east, and the west sidewalk of Greene Street to circumvent the track on the west side of the circuit.