Mount Vernon streets to be closed for Flowermart

Commuters who've begun using downtown streets because of lane closures on the Jones Falls Expressway might want to think about a backup plan for Thursday evening and Friday.

The Baltimore Department of Transportation will close streets in the Mount Vernon neighborhood from 3 p.m. Thursday through midnight Saturday to accommodate the 95th annual Flowermart.

Other city events this weekend will require detours as well.

The Flowermart closures will be in effect on Charles Street from Centre to Read streets; Madison Street from St. Paul to Cathedral streets; and Mount Vernon Place from Cathedral to St. Paul streets.

Parking restrictions will be in effect from 2 p.m. Thursday until midnight Saturday. The Flowermart will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Maryland Transit Administration recommends taking light rail to Center Street, riding the Metro to State Center or using local bus lines 3, 11, 61 (Friday only) and 64.

On Saturday, the March of Dimes-sponsored March for Babies will result in lane and street closures and temporary traffic stops from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The walk will begin and end at M&T Bank Stadium. Temporary lane closures will be in effect on three thoroughfares starting at 6 a.m.: Pratt Street from Eutaw to Light streets; Key Highway from Light to Lawrence streets; and Lawrence Street from Key Highway to Fort Avenue.

In addition, westbound Hamburg Street will be closed between Leadenhall and Russell streets from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastbound Hamburg Street will remain open.

Also on Saturday, thoroughfares will be closed to vehicles during the Roland Park Ciclovia, described by organizers as "three miles of car-free streets from Roland Park to Druid Hill Park." City workers will close a number of roads from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and parking restrictions will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Finally, the 15-mile Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum on Key Highway. The race will pass through the Inner Harbor and surrounding neighborhoods before looping back to end at the museum.

Covington Street will be closed to through traffic between Key Highway and Cross Street from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and parking restrictions will be enforced.