Nearly three weeks after a water main break closed portions of Howard and Pratt streets several lanes are expected to reopen this Friday — for two days, according to a release from the Baltimore Department of Transportation.
Two lanes of Pratt Street at Howard will reopen and two northbound lanes at Howard Street will reopen as well. Drivers coming into Baltimore from I-395 N will be able to use both Conway Street and go northbound onto Howard, according to the release.
Even though there will be more lanes open, the department said in the release that drivers should still plan for delays.
The July 8 water main break closed Pratt Street between Paca Street and Hopkins Place and Howard Street between Lombard and Conway streets for repairs. The closures are forcing drivers entering downtown from Interstate 395 (Exit 53) to either take the Lee Street/Russell Street ramp or turn right onto eastbound Conway Street.
Light rail service continues to be suspended between North Avenue and Camden Yards due to the sinkhole, which swallowed a handicapped entrance ramp and stretched to the edge of the tracks. The Maryland Transit Administration is running a free shuttle for passengers between North Avenue and Camden Yards during the disruption.
The intersection of Pratt and Howard Streets is shut down Tuesday morning as crews continue to deal with yesterday's water main break.