ARTSCAPE '93, Baltimore's annual celebration of the arts, takes place 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday outside the Maryland Institute on Mount Royal Avenue. Baltimore City Public Works Director George G. Balog yesterday announced several changes in traffic patterns in the area that will be in effect during the three-day festival. Some of the changes went into effect Monday.

CLOSURES (through 11 a.m. Monday)

Already in effect: The 1200 block of Mount Royal Avenue, curb lanes only; 1300 block of Mount Royal Avenue, median (left lanes) only.

Takes effect 6 p.m. today: Oliver Street from Maryland Avenue to Mount Royal Avenue; Cathedral Street from Preston Street to Mount Royal Avenue (access maintained at Maryland Avenue and Preston Street for Meyerhoff garage and vendors only). Cathedral Street from Biddle to Preston streets will be closed northbound; northbound and southbound Mount Royal Avenue from North Avenue to Maryland Avenue; Dolphin Street from Howard Street to Mount Royal Avenue; Lafayette Avenue/Lanvale Street from John Street to Mount Royal Avenue (local traffic only); Preston Street westbound between Maryland Avenue and Howard Street will be closed through Monday July 26th (access maintained for Meyerhoff garage, University of Baltimore parking and vendors).


Mount Royal Avenue: Southbound traffic will be detoured east on North Avenue then south on Maryland Avenue. Northbound traffic will be detoured along Charles Street and North Avenue.

Cathedral Street: Northbound traffic will be detoured at Biddle Street.

Preston Street: Westbound traffic will be detoured south on Maryland Avenue then west on Chase Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Note: Motorists traveling in the vicinity of ARTSCAPE '93 are urged to exercise caution. Through traffic should use designated alternate routes to minimize delay.


Parking is available at: Baltimore Life Insurance Co. parking lot, Howard and Preston streets, 10-15 handicapped spaces; State Office Building Complex, lots E and F, Eutaw Street between Preston and Dolphin streets; low-cost parking is also available at lots on the northeast corners of Maryland Avenue and Oliver Street, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street and Park Avenue-Biddle Street.

Restrictions: Parking in the 1400 block of Mount Royal Avenue will be restricted through today.

Meters hooded: Oliver Street (both sides) between Maryland and Mount Royal avenues, today through Monday; Preston Street (both sides) between Maryland Avenue and Cathedral Street, tomorrow through Monday.

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