Traffic modified, streets to close for Artscape 2017
Jul 16, 2017 | 9:00 AM
Artscape, the city's annual celebration of the arts, will cause several street closures and parking restrictions throughout Baltimore this weekend, the Department of Transportation announced.
The event will take place in the vicinity of the Maryland Institute College of Art along Mount Royal Avenue on Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23.
With over 350,000 people expected to attend, patrons are strongly encouraged to use public transportation, including mass transit, the light rail, park and ride facilities and the Charm City Circulator, officials said.
The Mount Royal Light Rail stop is located in the heart of the festival and will operate with extended hours throughout the weekend.
In preparation for the event, a variety of traffic modifications will be implemented in the vicinity of the festival. Parking will also be restricted within the festival area. Motorists should be aware that residential permit parking regulations will be strictly enforced.
The following streets will be closed at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 17 through 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 25:
Royal Avenue between W. North Avenue and N. Charles Street
Cathedral Street between W. Biddle Street and Mount Royal Avenue (Meyerhoff garage access will be permitted)
Preston Street between Cathedral and N. Howard Streets
Oliver Street between Maryland and Mt. Royal Avenues (local garage and post office access will be permitted)
Lanvale Street between Mt. Royal Avenue and Rutter Street
Lafayette Avenue between Mt. Royal Avenue and Rutter Street
South side of Mt. Royal Avenue (curb lane only) between Charles and St. Paul Streets
Preston Street between Maryland Avenue and Cathedral Street (garage access and Artscape permit parking permitted)
Once Charles Street closes, a special traffic chute will be created using traffic cones during non-festival hours to allow vehicles from Penn Drive to gain access to the I-83 ramp. Right turns onto N. Charles Street will still be restricted during these times.
The special Penn Drive traffic chute will be open:
Midnight on Thursday, July 20 to Friday, July 21 at 8 a.m.
Special one-way traffic patterns will be implemented along various roadways in the vicinity of the festival to provide local access for area residents throughout the event. Please note that on Sunday, July 23 from 9 a.m. until noon, Maryland Avenue will be converted to a two-way traffic pattern from Preston Street to Mt. Royal Avenue for morning church services. Congregational members trying to access the church should follow St. Paul Street to Preston Street, then Maryland Avenue to the parking lot.