Traffic Pattern Changes Will Soon Occur Along Druid Park Lake Drive

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists that traffic patterns will soon be implemented along Druid Park Lake Drive as work begins on phase three of the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) finished water tank construction at Druid Lake.  The DPW thanks residents impacted by this traffic change for their patience as the Department nears completion of this water protection project.

This phase of work will impact traffic patterns along both east and westbound Druid Park Lake Drive.  Starting on or about Monday, September 28, 2020 one lane of through traffic will be closed in each direction between Linden Avenue and Mt. Royal Terrace to accommodate construction activities.  At this time, traffic patterns along eastbound Druid Park Lake Drive will be shifted to the south between Linden Avenue and Mt. Royal Terrace.  All through traffic east of Linden Avenue will be moved to the curb lane.

In addition to the lane closures and traffic shift, the intersection of Druid Park Lake Drive/28th Street and Mt. Royal Terrace (access to the southbound Jones Falls Expressway) will be closed with detours in effect.  Motorists destined for the southbound Jones Falls Expressway (JFX) will be redirected to Sisson Street where they can access the JFX via 29th Street.

Residents should be aware that this phase of construction will also affect the Big Jump route.  Part of the Big Jump will be moved onto the sidewalk between the intersections of Linden Avenue and Lakeview Avenue.  Between Lakeview Avenue and Mt. Royal Terrace, the Big Jump Pathway will shift into the north parking lane along the median.  At the intersection of 28th Street and Mt. Royal Terrace, the Big Jump pathway will be rerouted through the intersection and reconnected to the existing trail on the W. 28th Street Bridge.

These traffic modifications and changes to the Big Jump pathway will remain in effect for approximately 9 to 12 months as utility construction progresses.  The construction along  Druid Park Lake Drive will cause traffic congestion and delays.  Motorists traveling in this vicinity should allow additional travel time and be on the watch for changing traffic patterns.

Work on DPW’s Druid Lake Tank Project to install two huge underground tanks that will better secure the City’s water supply is 70 percent complete.  The tanks – one 500 feet in diameter and the second 450 feet in diameter – will be over 20 feet tall and will hold 52 million gallons of water combined.  They will be buried underground and topped with landscaped green space in the western edge of the lake.  The 500-foot wide tank will be the largest of its kind in the world.

 

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