Here's what to look for if you are traveling in the Baltimore metropolitan area this week. This list of highway projects includes only newly announced work, not continuing construction.
New highway projects
West Ring Factory Road, between Route 924 and Route 24, south of Bel Air -- Will be closed to traffic until February from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for reconstruction. Motorists are urged to use Bel Air South Parkway.
Cool Branch Road between Route 136 and Rolling Green Road in Churchville -- Will be closed until the middle of October while the earthen portion of Cool Branch is reconstructed. Motorists are advised to use Rolling Green Road as an alternate route.
Route 176 (Dorsey Road) at Route 100 in Anne Arundel County -- Will be closed until 3 p.m. tomorrow. Traffic will be detoured from Route 176 onto Route 100 at Route 295.
Bus route changes:
The MTA has scheduled the following bus route changes for this week. For information, call 539-5000; TTY for the hearing-impaired, 539-3497.
Fall schedule change
Effective today, the MTA will implement its fall schedule of service. Among the changes are the rerouting of three lines to carry riders to one of three new light-rail stops opening today south of downtown.
No. 17 -- Buses will be rerouted to serve the community of Chesterfield.
No. 230 -- Buses will now serve the Guest Quarters Hotel off Winterson Road. Minor adjustments will be made to the route through the Commons Corporate Center.
No. 210 -- Service to Cape St. Claire will be discontinued.
No. 9 -- Buses will travel via Warren, Ridgeland and Cranbrook roads. Southbound via regular route to York Road, left on Warren, right on Ridgeland, right on Cranbrook, left on York Road, then via regular route.
Northbound via regular route to York Road, right on Cranbrook, left on Ridgeland, left on Warren, right on York to regular route.
No. 14 -- Beginning tomorrow, northbound buses will travel only as far as the new Patapsco Avenue light-rail stop on Patapsco just east of Annapolis Road rather than to State Center downtown when trains are in operation. Passengers must transfer to light rail to continue downtown.
Southbound buses will travel between the Patapsco Avenue stop and the Jumpers Hole or Annapolis terminus. During early morning hours on weekdays and weekends when light rail is not operating, buses will travel to State Center.
No. 17 -- Beginning tomorrow, when light rail is operating, northbound buses will go only as far as the Patapsco Avenue light-rail stop rather than to Eutaw and Monument streets. Passengers must transfer to light rail to continue downtown.
Southbound buses will travel between the light-rail stop and the Lake Shore terminus. When trains are not running, buses will travel to Eutaw and Monument streets.
No. 22 -- Beginning tomorrow, when light rail is operating, westbound buses on the Brooklyn branch will travel only as far as the Patapsco Avenue light-rail stop instead of the Brooklyn Park-and-Ride lot. Eastbound buses to Brooklyn will travel between the Patapsco Avenue stop and Highlandtown. All other buses will travel regular routes.
No. 28 -- All service will be shifted from Park Avenue to Eutaw Street. Northbound buses will travel on Dolphin Street to North Avenue, then to Park Avenue to resume regular route.
Southbound via Eutaw Street to Lombard Street, then via regular route.
New timetables are available for the following lines: Nos. 1, 2, 3, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 28, 33, 55, 230, M-3, Social Security and Central Light Rail.