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Transportation / Traffic Advisories

Howard Street Closure to Begin Monday for Water Main Repair Work 

Posted: July 26, 2013

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists that a portion of Howard Street will close for water main repair work.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 29, 2013, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works will begin work to replace an 80 year-old valve, vault and connecting water mains on N. Howard Street between W. North Avenue and Mount Royal Avenue. The work will involve closing of this portion of N. Howard Street for a period of three to four weeks. Detours will be in effect during this time and variable message signs will be placed in the area to notify commuters of the closure.

This repair work is part of a larger series of accelerated improvements to the City’s aging water infrastructure. Over the next five years, Baltimore will replace 150 miles of water mains at a cost of $300 million. This work, along with future main and valve replacements, will ensure that Baltimore City’s water service will remain reliable by eliminating old lines, thus reducing the chances of water main and valve breaks.

The Howard Street closure is expected to cause significant delays to northbound traffic along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Motorists are strongly encouraged to utilize alternate routes to get from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to points north. Alternate routes for northbound Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard include:

  • Left on McCulloh Street, right on Druid Park Lake Drive to 28th Street
  • Left on Eutaw Place, right on Druid Park Lake Drive to 28th Street
  • Right on Druid Hill Avenue to Centre Street, left on Calvert Street

Motorists that typically use southbound Howard Street to reach Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard are strongly encouraged to detour off their approach route before reaching Howard Street. Alternate routes include:

  • From 33rd Street – turn left onto St. Paul Street, right onto Chase Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
  • From 29th Street – turn left onto Maryland Avenue or St. Paul Street, then right on Chase Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

A map showing detours and alternate routes can be found at on our website by clicking here.


Director William Johnson

William M. Johnson
417 E. Fayette Street
5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 396-6802

Frank Murphy - Senior Advisor

Lindsay Wines - Deputy Director, Administration

Veronica McBeth - Transit Bureau Chief

Richard Hooper - Operations Bureau Chief

For Public Relations Information:
Adrienne Barnes or Kathy Dominick at (410) 361-9296