Weekend Road Closures for Friday, December 29, 2023 Through Monday, January 1, 2024
Thursday Dec 28th, 2023
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists of the temporary road closures and traffic modifications for the following activities this weekend. Please download the Waze.com app for live detour navigation. All activities are weather permitting and BCDOT is not responsible for providing status updates.
Commercial Vehicle Restrictions and Traffic Modifications for Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Festivities at the Inner Harbor
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists of the commercial vehicle restrictions and traffic modifications that will be implemented for Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve festivities at the Inner Harbor.
In preparation for the event, temporary commercial vehicle restrictions will be in effect from 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2023 until 3:00 a.m. on Monday, January 01, 2024. During this time, commercial vehicles will not be permitted in the downtown / Inner Harbor areas of Baltimore City, except for local deliveries. Please note that tanker trailers will not be permitted downtown during this time, including those for local deliveries. This commercial vehicle restriction excludes cabs, buses and other mass transportation vehicles.
The following streets will be affected by the temporary commercial vehicle restrictions:
• Fayette Street from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to President Street (no commercial vehicles will be allowed to travel on or south of Fayette Street)
• President Street from Aliceanna Street to Fayette Street (no commercial vehicles will be allowed to travel on or west of President Street)
• Light Street from Pratt Street to Key Highway
• Key Highway from Light Street to McComas Street
• Hanover Street from McComas Street to Montgomery Street (no commercial vehicles will be allowed on or north of McComas Street, including Hanover Street)
• Pratt Street and Lombard Street from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to President Street
• I-395 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. split to Pratt Street (no commercial vehicles will be permitted on I-395)
In addition, the following streets will be closed from 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2023 until event traffic clears:
• Pratt Street will be closed at Charles Street – Pratt Street traffic will be diverted north on Charles Street to continue east on Baltimore Street.
• Lombard Street will be closed at President Street – Lombard Street traffic will be diverted north on President Street to continue west on Fayette Street.
• Northbound Light Street will close at Lee Street – Northbound Light Street traffic will be diverted west onto Lee Street to continue north on Charles Street.
• Southbound Light Street will close at Lombard Street – Southbound Light Street traffic will be diverted west onto Lombard Street to continue south on Sharp Street.
• Eastbound Conway Street at I-395 – Northbound I-395 traffic at Conway Street will be diverted north onto Howard Street. No access will be allowed onto eastbound Conway Street.
The following parking restrictions will be in effect from 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2023 until 3:00 a.m. on Monday, January 01, 2024:
- East side of Light Street from Lee to Conway Streets
- Gay Street from Pratt to Fayette Streets
- Calvert Street from Pratt to Fayette Streets
- Baltimore Street from S. Charles to S. Gay Streets
- South side of Key Highway from Light to William Streets
- West side of Charles Street from Pratt to Fayette Streets
Motorists should pay strict attention to the restrictions and road/lane closures in effect on New Year’s Eve. Commercial vehicle restrictions, along with all parking restrictions will be strictly enforced.
Due to the large number of people expected in the downtown area for New Year’s Eve festivities, patrons attending the events are strongly encouraged to use public transportation including the Light Rail and metro subway. The Charm City Circulator will be operating on Sunday, December 31, 2023 (New Year's Eve) until 8:00 p.m. but will not be in operation on Monday, January 1, 2024 (New Year's Day).
Patrons who wish to drive downtown should park at commercial parking facilities and avoid area neighborhoods. Vehicles parked in violation will be ticketed and towed. Motorists should exercise patience and be on the watch for pedestrians while driving downtown, especially when approaching area crosswalks. Transportation Enforcement Officers along with the Baltimore City Police Department will be working throughout the downtown area to help facilitate the movement of traffic.
Traffic Modifications for the Baltimore Ravens Home Game at M&T Bank Stadium
On Sunday, traffic modifications will be implemented for the Baltimore Ravens home game against the Miami Dolphins which will be held at M&T Bank Stadium starting at 1:00 p.m.
In preparation for the game, the northbound Russell Street Service Drive, which runs alongside M&T Bank Stadium, will be closed to vehicular traffic between West and Hamburg Streets prior to and during the event.
In addition, the following road closures will be implemented on Sunday, December 31, 2023 from approximately 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.:
- Hamburg Street between Leadenhall and Paca Streets
- Warner Street between Ostend and Worcester Streets
- Ostend Street between Sharp and Warner Streets
- Bayard Street between Russell and Warner Street
Football fans attending the game should be advised that all posted parking restrictions and residential permit parking regulations in the vicinity of the stadium will be strictly enforced for everyone’s safety. Patrons choosing to drive to the stadium should park at commercial lots and avoid area neighborhoods. Fans that do not have a parking permit for any of the stadium lots are strongly encouraged to use public transportation including the Charm City Circulator.
Transportation Enforcement Officers will be deployed to assist with the movement of traffic in the downtown area. Motorists traveling in the vicinity of the stadium should be on the watch for heavy pedestrian/vehicular traffic and possible traffic pattern changes throughout the afternoon.
Traffic Modifications for Charm City Lights
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists of the temporary road closures and traffic modifications for the Charm City Lights display at Druid Hill Park.
The event runs nightly through Monday, January 1, 2024. On these days, Druid Hill Park will close to non-participants at 5:00 p.m. Display attendees must enter the park near the Rawlings Conservatory entrance at Gwynns Falls Parkway and Beechwood Drive. All other park entrances will be closed nightly through Monday, January 1, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. each night:
- Swann Drive closed at Druid Park Lake Drive
- Sission Street and East Drive – Closed for inbound traffic into Druid Hill Park
Please note that all vehicles must vacate the park by 3:00 p.m. daily, except from the Rawlings Conservatory parking area, as cars will begin to be towed from the park at this time. Motorists should adhere to all posted parking restrictions to avoid being ticketed and towed.