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Traffic light installed at 'crash corner' at Bank and Wolfe streets in Fells Point

Spirits Tavern, at the intersection of Bank and Wolfe streets in Fells Point, was damaged in August when a car drove into it.
Spirits Tavern, at the intersection of Bank and Wolfe streets in Fells Point, was damaged in August when a car drove into it. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

The Baltimore Department of Transportation has installed a traffic light at the intersection of Bank and Wolfe streets in Fells Point to slow traffic through the intersection known as “crash corner.”

The light comes after Spirits Tavern, which sits at 1901 Bank St. on the southeast corner of the intersection, was struck by a car in August. It marked the eighth time in 12 years the tavern had been hit by a car, owner Chad Ellis said. The August crash was the third time he had to make major repairs.

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Installing the traffic signal was the second measure the Baltimore DOT has taken to change traffic patterns at the intersection. Immediately after the August accident, the department installed posts on the northwest side of the intersection to provide better visibility for drivers heading east on Bank Street crossing southbound Wolfe Street.

The traffic light cost $65,000 to install, according to a spokeswoman for the DOT.

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When the posts were installed in August, Ellis said he thought a stoplight would be the best solution to slow drivers careening down Wolfe Street.

Chad Ellis, who has owned Spirits Tavern since 2005, said it’s the eighth time his building has been hit and the third time he’s had to do major repairs as a result of a car accident.

The light was installed last week and is flashing yellow on Wolfe Street and flashing red on Bank Street. It will become fully functional next week.

Ellis was not immediately available for comment.

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