The latest in a series of traffic-jamming construction projects on Light Street in the heart of downtown Baltimore will begin Sunday, as crews for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. close two of the road's five southbound lanes.
The work near the McKeldin Fountain and the Inner Harbor will occur from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday through late October; work will at times extend into a third lane as crews replace a stretch of 36-inch-diameter gas main pipe that runs beneath the busy thoroughfare.
"We're trying to be as accomodating as possible, knowing that this is a very difficult place to do work," said Aaron Koos, a BGE spokesman.
Commuters will remember BGE work digging up a similar portion of Light Street earlier this year. Koos said the coming construction work is related to the work done earlier.
"We had made some repairs and we also had to do some investigation for where the repairs needed to occur and how we were going to do this," he said. "We excavated, then went back to design the job, and now we're returning to complete the job."
Starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, barricades will block the two left lanes of Light Street between Pratt and East Lee streets, Koos said.
A third lane will be closed during the weekend of Oct. 10-12, when the most difficult part of the project — fitting a new section of gas line around an existing city storm drain — will be conducted, Koos said.
None of the work will affect the intersection of Light and Conway streets or northbound Light Street lanes, Koos said.
Koos said there is never a good time to close lanes in downtown Baltimore, but now is the best time possible — after the recent Star-Spangled Spectacular celebrations and before winter sets in.
The project is necessary to maintain safety and ensure service to gas customers this winter, he said.