The downtown traffic woes resulting from the rush to get the city's roads ready for the Labor Day Baltimore Grand Prix race are going to get worse before they get better.
The Baltimore Department of Transportation says part of Conway Street, the downtown gateway that has already been the site of extensive lane closings, will shut down entirely for about two weeks starting Monday at 5 a.m.
The closings will affect eastbound and westbound traffic between Charles and Light streets. In addition, the road work that has been taking place on southbound light Street will shift to the lanes that had remained open.
Westbound Conway Street traffic will be detoured onto Lee Street and then Charles. Eastbound traffic will be detoured onto Charles.
The city is suggesting that travelers heading into downtown from the south take Howard Street to Baltimore Street or to take Martin Luther King Boulevard to Baltimore Street, Mulberry Street or Druid Hill Avenue.
Outbound commuters are urged to take Lombard Street to Howard or to use Fayette Street to reach Martin Luther King.