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Construction Schedule/Travel Advisories
Hours of Construction, Lane Closures, and Parking Restrictions: The contractor is permitted to work 24 hours a day, except for selected major holidays. To ensure traveler and construction worker safety, the project will use continuous lane closures throughout the work zone. Typically, York Road will operate with one lane in each direction, with a center left turn lane established where space permits.
Construction Traffic Patterns: Traffic patterns and lane widths will change throughout the life of the project. SHA asks motorists to give full attention to driving while in the highway work zone, to obey the work zone speed limit and to obey all traffic control devices within the work zone.
The contractor will typically maintain 11-foot wide travel lanes throughout the work zone. If a center turn lane is established, it will be no less than 9-½ feet wide.
The speed limit on York Road has been reduced from 35 mph to 30 mph within the work zone. Watch for orange and white “Work Zone Speed Limit” traffic signs placed throughout the York Road corridor between Waverly and Towson.
Please plan for extra time while traveling though the project area, as lane closures and traffic shifts will be required throughout the life of the project. During peak travel times, traffic may back up on the approaches to the work zone. Lane closures and construction-related delays are unavoidable; however, SHA and the contractor will work to minimize traffic impacts as much as possible.
Alternative Commuter Routes: Commuters traveling between Towson and downtown Baltimore City may wish to consider alternative routes such as Loch Raven Boulevard (MD 542), Charles Street(MD 139), Falls Road (MD 25) or the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83).
Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Bus Route Information: MTA #8 and #36 Bus customers should also plan for extra travel time in the work zone and use caution while walking to and from bus stops, which may be temporarily relocated during the construction process.
MTA customers may call 410-539-5000 or toll free at 1-800-543-9809 for more information, or log on to MTA’s website, www.mtamaryland.com
Parking, Pedestrian, and Access Impacts: For the safety of both travelers and construction workers, on-street parking along York Road and sections of side streets will be prohibited within the work zone, 24 hours a day. Police will enforce temporary “No Parking” zones.
SHA and the contractor will maintain pedestrian access to businesses at all times during business hours, and coordinate with business owners who require vehicular access for deliveries, etc., as needed.
Pedestrian detours will be clearly marked along York Road.
Noise Impacts: The York Road project includes a lot of noisy concrete demolition work. Due to the proximity of residential properties, SHA has prohibited the contractor from doing work that generates an unacceptable level of noise between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
This work includes, but is not limited to: concrete demolition, roadway patching operations, pipe installation, and work with large equipment.