A portion of North Howard Street will be closed for up to a month beginning Monday for repairs to an 80-year-old water line.
The road will be closed between West North Avenue and Mount Royal Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. The Baltimore Department of Public Works will replace the valve, vault and connecting water mains along Howard.
Detours will be posted.
Significant delays are expected along northbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and motorists should use alternate routes.
Suggested alternates include: turning left on McCulloh Street and right on Druid Park Lake Drive to 28th Street; left on Eutaw Place and right on Druid Park Lake Drive to 28th Street; and right on Druid Hill Avenue to Centre Street and left on Calvert Street.
Motorists who use southbound Howard Street to reach Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard should instead take 33rd Street, left onto St. Paul Street and right onto Chase Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Another option is 29th Street, left onto Maryland Avenue or St. Paul Street, then right on Chase Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The repairs are part of continuing improvements to Baltimore's aging water infrastructure to avoid main and valve breaks that have plagued the city in recent years. Plans in the next five years call for $300 million to be spent on the replacement of 150 miles of water mains.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun