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Frank Murphy
Road projects tie up downtown traffic
Road projects tie up downtown traffic

With the winter construction hiatus ended and road projects in full swing, Baltimore drivers are seeing orange — as safety cones and barrels mark many downtown roadwork sites. And thanks to a proliferation of lane closings, drivers have plenty of time to count them. The current spate of traffic tie-ups, which are expected to continue a couple more months, are the result of a combination of utility projects and the city's continuing effort to prepare streets for a Grand Prix auto race in September. "The bottom line is that these 'downtown projects' basically make going north and south through the center of the city impossible," said Meg Kelly of Locust...