The city Department of Transportation will close the Fort Avenue Bridge on or shortly after Monday, Aug. 22.
The bridge is being closed for replacement and will be closed for 10 months to 1 year.
The announced completion date for the bridge replacement project is June 1, 2012.
The MTA number 1 bus, which travels through Locust Point south of the bridge will be rerouted beginning Aug. 22, according to MTA spokesman John Milton Wesley. The bus will travel on Fort Avenue south to Lawrence Street, then onto Key Highway East to Nicholson Street, then right on Hull Street and back to Fort Avenue.
The Baltimore Business Journal noted Monday that the Charm City Circulator, the free bus service with routes downtown, around the Inner Harbor and South Baltimore-Federal Hill, will open a line to Fort McHenry sometime in the next year. The route will be called the “Star Spangled Route” and is intended for tourists visiting Fort McHenry during the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
There was no word on when the line would open, but it could prove useful for residents and businesses if it opens in the next few months.
For info and updates check www.fortavenuebridge.com, or on Twitter, @fortavebridge.
DOT promised a text-message service to residents and businesses when both detours are blocked by trains, but the service is not yet set up.
The Baltimore Guide will print periodic progress updates through the months the bridge is closed.