Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Charles Street Reconstruction and Beautification Project, and Why is it Important?
- The goals of the Charles Street Reconstruction Project are to create more balanced traffic patterns, increase pedestrian and bicycle safety, upgrade aging infrastructure, improve signage, support business revitalization, and enhance the character and beauty of the area. The project area is on Charles Street (a designated National Scenic Byway) from 25th Street to University Parkway. This is a $28 million project led by the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, using federal and local funds and a contribution by the Johns Hopkins University.
- Construction commences in Summer 2012 with a goal of completion by Fall 2014.
Businesses Will Remain Open!
- Businesses along Charles and St. Paul's Streets, and the east/west streets that connect them, will remain open for the duration of the Charles Street Reconstruction. Please continue to patronize your favorite restaurants, businesses and services while we make these improvements to Charles Street.
Changes in Traffic Patterns
- A multi-phase Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) plan has been established to ensure vehicles and pedestrians can still travel through the area. Motorist should expect delays when traveling through the project area for the duration of the project. Charles Street will be closed to through traffic between 28th Street and University Parkway; it will be accessible only to northbound local traffic.
How will this impact my travel?
- On Charles Street, through traffic will be maintained from 25th Street to 28th Street. Charles Street from 28th Street to University Parkway will be open only to northbound local traffic and emergency vehicles. Vehicles traveling northbound on Charles Street will be diverted at 28th Street to continue north on Calvert Street; southbound travelers will use St. Paul Street. East-west Streets will remain open throughout the project (including the connection between Art Museum Drive and 33rd Street), except for periodic weekend closures on Charles Street between 25th and 28th Streets. City DOT officals will be monitoring traffic conditions throughout the life of the construction period.
- In the project area there will be phased sidewalk closures, however pedestrians will be able to walk through the area in protected pedestrian zones with barriers. City DOT will be monitoring pedestrian conditions throughout the construction period.
- Norhtbound bicyclists should use the designated bicycle route on Guilford Avenue throughout the duration of the project. Southbound bicycle traffic may utilize Guilford Avenue or St. Paul Street. Westbound and Eastbound bicycle traffic should use 33rd Street to Art Museum drive.
- MTA bus routes that are affected by this project are: No. 3 (northbound), No. 11 (north- and southbound) and No. 61 (northbound) buses. All Charles Street bus stops from 29th Street to University Parkway are closed; proposed stops are located along the bus diversion route on Calvert Street at 29th, 32nd, and 33rd Streets. For more information about MTA bus routes, please go to http://www.mtamaryland.com or call (410) 539-5000.
- The JHU Transportation Department is currently exploring ways to re-route the Homewood-JHMI Shuttle, the Keswick-Eastern-JHMI Shuttle, as well various routes of the Blue Jay Shuttle. Routes will be finalized in the coming months. To get the latest updates, riders can visit http://parking.jhu.edu; call (410) 516-7275, look for messages posted via Nextbus at http://www.Nextbus.com, or email
- This project will cause a decrease in unrestricted parking spots during construction. Some parking spots will remain on Charles Street for local and business parking. Residential Parking Permits (RPP) will be maintained throughout construction. The City DOT is making a concerted effort to create new temporary parking areas within blocks of Charles Street to offset the decrease caused by this project.
Emergency Vehicles and Essential Personnel
- Baltimore City DOT officials are coordinating with the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management to ensure emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times through the entire construction area (Ambulance/Police/Fire vehicles only).
Landscaping and Beautification Efforts
Public Safety and Health
- The City DOT and its Contractors will take all steps necessary to ensure a safe construction site environment for local residents, pedestrians and vehicles.
- Noise levels will increase within the project area. Contractors will make every effort to reduce noise. There will be no work between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., no work on Sundays, and noise limitations exist for Special Events.
- Other public safety activities include a pre-construction survey of all buildings and structures adjacent to the project site, dust control, and construction vehicle staging to minimize impacts on the public.
Be Safe and Stay Informed
- Be aware of detour signs
- Reduce vehicle speeds
- Check the DOT project web site for updates
- Share project information with your neighbors
- Learn more by attending public meetings or requesting DOT officials to present information to your community group or organization.
Information Resources for the Charles Street Reconstruction Project
- For up-to-date information, route maps, and project history, please visit the project web site at http://www.charlesstreetreconstruction.com.
- For construction information, please contact Rick McGraw:
- For project information, please contact Mary Colleen Buettner:
- For information about alternate modes of travel, please contact Tierra Brown: