BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The Baltimore Grand Prix is turning into a traffic nightmare for downtown drivers. Many roads are now closed in preparation for the race.

Weijia Jiang has more on the Grand Prix’s impact on local drivers.

So many people say they cannot believe in just a few days, race cars are going to zoom through these streets at 200 mph, because right now in so many directions, traffic is at a standstill.

Sky Eye Chopper 13 captured the chaos that is driving through the streets of downtown Baltimore.

“It’s disgusting.”

“There are more stops than go. I’m wasting a lot of gas just sitting here.”

“It’s been a nightmare. A lot of detours, a lot of delays, a lot of this.”

That’s what people are saying about traffic downtown. This is what happens when major arteries are completely blocked. Pratt and Conway Streets are shut down and I-395 will be closed Thursday night, all to make room for crews who are still building the Grand Prix track.

“It’s absolutely insane down here. Absolutely insane,” said another person.

Because whether you’re ready or not, the city has become its own race course where no one seems to be winning. During the morning and lunch time rush hour, roads look more like parking lots. It’s why some people were hours late for work.

“People need to go to work. This thing is really crazy,” said another commuter.

Adding to the gridlock are Orioles fans who are trying to get to Camden Yards for an afternoon game which is already saturated with race teams getting ready.

Meanwhile, the transportation department is closely monitoring trouble spots, warning drivers they should expect to wait for the rest of the weekend.

“So we expect that they come tomorrow, so motorists see what’s in place, that the congestion would be somewhat less than tomorrow but enough that people should plan in advance,” a Maryland Transportation Department official said.

And just when you think the path is clear, think again. You may want to hold your skills to make it through this maze, even if it drives you…

“Crazy, crazy, crazy! I was so crazy! I was getting really crazy!” said another person.

That about sums it up. In fact, even some Orioles players had a hard time getting to the game. And even though there are officers at every major intersection, the city says you really have to plan ahead and to avoid downtown, if you can.

Click here for Grand Prix traffic information.

Comments (8)
  1. WHAT A CROCK says:

    I’ll give you a clue Weijia, take public transportation downtown for the next five days.

    This event has been publicized for months and the DA locals AKA Baltimorons haven’t made a plan yet? DAH!

    Get a clue.

    1. adam english says:

      do you mean the single line light rail that has been cut off right at the middle and doesn’t serve anyone to the East or West? or the buses on the same roads? or the subway that goes half a mile?

      Think it through before you whip out all that snark..

    2. Areyoudumb says:

      Are you dumb or what?. Lots of people commute to Balto from other counties. What public tranportation is there?

  2. stationnorth says:

    “the city says you really have to plan ahead and to avoid downtown, if you can.”

    Not only am I going to avoid downtown but I am going to avoid all of Baltimore. I am leaving for the weekend and won’t return until the race is over.

    1. Queue111 says:

      When I heard about this, I wondered why they would have a race in an urban environment anyway. And this is exactly one of the reasons why…

    2. AT says:

      Yep, going to spend my money in beautiful Virginia on low-taxed wine 🙂

  3. D. Romano says:

    What can citizens expect when we have the Mayor and City Council that we do. Their combined intelligence level for this, and most matters, is on the minus side of the rating scale.

  4. Stupid says:

    Its not as if the Mayor and City Council were unaware that traffic would be horrendous, as a result of the race.

    They chose to host the race, for the revenue it will reap, in complete disregard for the folks that will be inconvenienced by it.

    There was a time when government served the needs of the people. Today, government serves its own needs, which in this case, is money.

    Face it…government has grown and evolved into its own entity. An entity that is larger an more powerful than the people it governs. Therefore, it will do as it pleases.

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