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Can You Guess Which 10-Mile Stretch of Road Is the Worst in Baltimore?

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The numbers are in, and it’s not just your imagination: Baltimore really does have the 18th worst traffic in the country. I mean we’re no Los Angeles, whose drivers spent an unmatched 64 hours driving to and from work in 2013. But we still wasted 27 hours of 2013 in commuting time.

The traffic study also determined the worst stretch of road in Baltimore. If you drive it I’m sure it’s no surprise, but now you can tell your friends it’s official. The 10 miles of road on I-695 that run from Park Heights Avenue to Loch Raven Boulevard is the worst corridor in Baltimore and the 179th worst in the nation.

STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION URGES MOTORISTS TO USE MASS TRANSIT FOR MONDAY MORNING RUSH CRUSH

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Hundreds of Traffic Signals Still Without Power – Traffic Delays Expected Monday, July 2nd.

Motorists Electing to Drive Should Leave Early, Allow Plenty of Extra Commute Time and Use 511 for Up to Date Route and Commute Information

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is urging motorists in Maryland’s Washington suburban area to use Metro for Monday morning’s rush hour.  In the Baltimore region, Light Rail, Baltimore Metro Subway and MARC are the suggested options.  Citizens who need to drive should leave early, plan on extra commute time and be patient as traffic delays are expected.  In Montgomery County alone, there are more than 400 traffic signals that are without power and several roads blocked with fallen trees.  Statewide a handful of roads remain blocked due to fallen trees and tree limbs.

“This is a very serious situation and drivers need to be patient and allow extra time to commute in the morning as many traffic signals may still be without power,” said SHA Administrator Melinda Peters.  “At a signaled intersection where traffic lights are not operating it is imperative to treat it as a four-way stop, but remain extra cautious of other drivers that may think they have the right-of-way.”

SHA is advising motorists to curtail travel this evening if possible to enable highway crews and utility companies to restore roads and service to customers.  If travel is necessary tonight, use extreme caution as many traffic signals and highway lighting systems are without power and not operational.  Approach intersections cautiously and remember to treat intersections without power as a four way stop, using extreme caution to mainline traffic and checking twice before proceeding.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, July 01, 2012, following is the listing of roads closed.

Construction Forces JFX Commuters to Get (Mad and) Creative

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Congratulations, those of you who made it to work today despite the expletive-inducing JFX Road Construction from Hell!

Surely by now we’ve many of us survived the morning commute via an alternate route, if not by way of the newly slenderized Jones Falls Expressway itself, which has of course been reduced to two lanes in both directions for impending construction, the first of its involved kind on 83 in 25 years. And quick review (delivered in a whiny voice): The project, which closes lanes near 29th and Druid Lake Drive—to enable repairs to drainage pipes below the highway and “bolster the highway’s underpinnings”—could last as long as eight weeks and cost up to (cue Austin Powers) one million dollars.

“The Jones Falls Expressway as we know it disappeared Friday evening…” Candus Thomson wrote rather poetically in Saturday’s print edition of The Baltimore Sun, and also noted, “Taking away the two left lanes will reduce traffic flow by at least a third on Baltimore’s highest-volume artery.” Yikes!

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