Fireworks and a Grocery Store May Slow Traffic This Weekend

Inner Harbor celebration, Columbia Wegmans grand opening could delay travelers.

Tall ships sailed into Baltimore’s harbor earlier this week and left a ton of traffic in their wake. In addition to the city celebrations, there's a and a motorcade rumbling through Anne Arundel.

Whether you're taking a weekend getaway or running an errand, here's where you might hit traffic:

FRIDAY to SUNDAY near I-95 at I-395 (Baltimore City)
Due to the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration (complete with fireworks), city-goers should use I-83, US 40, O’Donnell/Boston Street or Caton Avenue, advises Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA). If your destination is north or south of Baltimore, MDTA suggests taking the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) or the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695). 

FRIDAY to SUNDAY on Route 15 (MD, NC, VA, PA)
State police are conducting a multi-jurisdictional effort to curb crashes among weekend travelers on Route 15 by holding DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols in Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania. 

SATURDAY on the Bay Bridge (Anne Arundel)
A motorcycle ride from Glen Burnie to Stevensville will cause delays in Anne Arundel County, particularly on the Bay Bridge between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., according to the State Highway Administration. 

SATURDAY in Mount Vernon (Baltimore City)
From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., North Charles Street will be closed between Chase and Franklin for the Baltimore Pride Parade. Eager Street will be closed from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

SUNDAY at Snowden River Parkway (Howard County)
Howard County Police expect at McGaw Road in Columbia. Traffic could last from 7 a.m. through the day due to the opening of Wegmans, according to police. 

SUNDAY to MONDAY near Lexington Market (Baltimore City)
From 3 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday, areas by Lexington at Pearl streets will be closed during the Blacks Together in Pride party.

Christine Barton June 15, 2012 at 12:54 AM
We are thinking of riding the Gwynns Falls Trail on Saturday to see the tall ships and enjoy the day without worrying about car traffic.
LF June 15, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I thought the bridge approach to the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel was being renovated, and MdTA was begging people to use the 95 tunnel. Are they going to be working on the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel roadway this weekend?
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) June 16, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Hi LF, Great question! It appears that work on the Harbor Tunnel (I-895) causing major delays isn't supposed to begin until June 20. Here's the release: http://www.mdta.maryland.gov/News/MDTA_News_Releases/AVOID_I895_AND_THE_BALTIMORE_HARBOR_TUNNEL_THIS_SUMMER_MAJOR_DELAYS_EXPECTED
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