A two-year streetscape project for Dundalk Ave., which includes resurfacing, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, dedicated bike lanes, and upgraded storm drains is underway, with completion anticipated for the fall of 2014.
The project covers Dundalk Ave. from Eastern Ave. to just south of the Baltimore City line. It also includes new street lighting and ornamental pedestrian lighting, upgraded traffic signals with pedestrian countdowns, sidewalks and crosswalks, and landscaping.
According to the Baltimore Department of Transportation, one lane of traffic will remain open in both directions for the duration of the project.
The DOT also said that it is partnering with the Baltimore Office for the Promotion of the Arts to incorporate artwork along the corridor.
Also underway is reconstruction of Broening Highway, from Holabird Ave. to just beyond the Colgate Creek Bridge.
According to DOT, the project’s purpose is to “establish a key connection from southbound Broening Highway to Interstate 95 via the Keith Ave. ramp.”
The Broening Highway project includes roadway resurfacing, ADA compliance, utility and drainage upgrades, new street lighting, the replacement of a 20-inch water main, upgraded traffic and pedestrian signals, and the reconfiguration of the Keith Ave. ramp for two-way traffic.
During the construction, at least one southbound lane will remain open on the Broening Highway north of the Keith Ave. ramp. At least one lane on the Keith Ave. ramp will accommodate westbound traffic, and two southbound and one northbound lane will remain open between the Keith Ave. ramp and Colgate Bridge.
Improvement work should begin shortly for four intersections in the quadrant formed by Boston St., O’Donnell St., Ponca St., and S. Clinton St. The south side of Boston St. along that stretch is the future home of Canton Crossing, a large retail development anticipated for the fall of 2013, anchored by Target and Harris Teeter.
The DOT work—to be completed in the same timeframe and meant to “increase roadway safety and capacity”—includes widening O’Donnell St. to include a right-turn lane heading east from S. Ponca St. to Interstate Ave. On Boston Ave. from S. Ponca St. to Haven St., the westbound right-turn lane will be widened to become a shared right-through lane. On Boston St. at S. Clinton St., the parking lane will be replaced by an eastbound right-turn lane. The O’Donnell St. cutoff at Interstate Ave. will have a full-depth pavement reconstruction.
Residents can expect periodic lane closures and possibly parking restrictions.
Conceptual renderings provided by DOT show future trees and greenery in industrial areas void of vegetation today. Brick-inlayed crosswalks would replace today’s faded painted crossings.
Medians, according to DOT, would be refurbished with added grass and plantings.
by Erik Zygmont