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Towson, city traffic restrictions set in Phelps events

Today's celebrations of Michael Phelps and other local Olympians will cause significant traffic restrictions today in Towson and near Fort McHenry in Baltimore.

In Towson, Phelps' hometown, an afternoon "Parade of Gold" is planned for 3 p.m. Starting at 1:45 p.m., York Road will be closed from Burke Avenue south to the Drumcastle Center, near the city line. Burke, the parade staging area, will be closed in both directions from York to Towsontown Boulevard. And one lane of Towsontown will be closed from Bosley Avenue to York Road.

Visitors going to St. Joseph Medical Center should use the Osler Drive entrance rather than the York Road entrance.

In Baltimore, the "Star-Spangled Salute to Michael Phelps" begins at 7 p.m. at Fort McHenry, but the gates will open at 3 p.m. Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mayor Sheila Dixon will host the event.

Other than authorized vehicles, cars will not be permitted inside Fort McHenry grounds today. At 3 p.m., Fort Avenue at Andre Street will close. Nonresidents are not permitted to park in the Locust Point neighborhood today. Free shuttle buses from Russell Street are available for people who park at M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards. Parking at those lots is free. After the event, shuttles will run from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Water taxi service to Fort McHenry will not be available for the event.

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