The Charles Street construction will take another hard hit at traffic when the right lane that feeds to both Kenilworth Avenue and 695 East will be closed for about 8 weeks beginning April 2, 2012.
The State Highway Administration’s site says, “This temporary turn lane closure will allow crews to safely widen Charles Street North on the approach to the intersection, which is immediately south of the I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) / Charles Street Interchange.”
My hope is that eventually this will help to lessen the length of time one sits in traffic while traveling North on North Charles Street from 3:15pm-5:30pm. The many schools that are along the Charles St create a bottleneck of traffic of people attempting to get north or to 695.
Currently, with the lane OPEN, it can often take 15-20 minutes to make it from the Baltimore County Board of Education to the light at Kenilworth, the length of which is less than a mile. That is how backed up it can become.
So you can only imagine the nightmare that this will be, running through the end of the school year.
So, buckle up, give yourself extra time, and be aware that the right lane will be closed, causing, for the time being, an even bigger traffic snarl.