It feels like just yesterday that we were warning you, dear readers, about the “the ultimately-good-but-really-stressful-for-the-next-few-years reconstruction of Charles Street” — but in reality, it’s taken two years to complete the construction project aimed at making the area around Johns Hopkins more pedestrian friendly. The reconstruction involved shutting down both north- and south-bound lanes of Charles Street, a major thoroughfare, for months. But drivers take note: That’s about to change, sooner than you might expect.
According to Hopkins, both north- and south-bound lanes on Charles Street between 29th and University Parkway should be open to cars “on or about” September 5. After that, there will be a bit more work to be done, but the city expects that the entire street will be open and accessible to pedestrians–sidewalks and all–by September 30. That means the project was pretty much completed on schedule.
Of course, no construction project is ever really finished. The Department of Transportation warns that “depending on weather conditions, community members could see additional activity in the Spring such as final surface paving of the roadway.” There may also be a few minor tasks to handle in months to come as well. Still, no quibbles here — we’ll be happy to have our Charles Street back!