Baltimore's spending panel voted Thursday to spend $310,000 on designs for a three-lane cut-through street to alleviate traffic on Boston Street in Canton.
The expansion would allow drivers to bypass trains crossing Boston Street by driving north to a bridge on O'Donnell Street that crosses over the railroad tracks
The cut-through would run through the old Exxon oil fields from Toone Street down to Boston Street at the Shops at Canton Crossing, parallel to South Conkling Street, project engineer Greg Bauer said.
He said it would connect to a pre-existing section of road that already runs between Toone and O'Donnell streets. The city would add a sidewalk on the west side and storm drain inlets along the new roadway.
Baltimore firm Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP was awarded the contract for the design. It is expected to take a year and a half to complete. No timeline has been set for the construction phase.
The plan originally called for the expansion of Boston Street to accommodate the Red Line — which was to run down the street — but the road expansion was scaled back after Gov. Larry Hogan halted the light rail project.
"If the Red Line comes back, we'll have parking for buses and cars that want to park there," Bauer said.