Traffic Nightmares Begin On The JFX

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)— A rough commute Monday as lane closures began on the JFX. Lots of drivers came up with strategies for a smoother ride.

Meghan McCorkell has the latest on your commute.

City officials say there were some ups and downs for the first commute during the JFX’s construction. The morning commute was slow-going but by evening, it was flowing much better.

Monday was stop-and-go for some commuters on the JFX. The ride home was backed up around the construction site, but it was moving—a happy surprise for drivers who expected the worst.

“You would think it would be very, very packed, but it’s surprising,” said Byron Saunders.

“There was a backup right before 28th Street, but I mean, it was not even as bad as it usually is,” said Susan Baker.

One lane is now closed on 83—both north and southbound—for critical repairs after road crews found holes underneath the surface of the road.

While the ride home was smooth for some, the commute in to work Monday morning was a different story.

“It took me over an hour to get here from Towson. It usually takes about half an hour,” said Sarah Williams.

City officials say two accidents caused the bulk of the backups Monday morning. They warn drivers should stick with alternate routes to avoid the JFX. Some are now strategizing a new plan.

“I think I’m going to try to leave a little later, try a couple different alternate routes,” said Linda Rinna.

Others are keeping their routes under wraps.

“I’m not going to reveal all my side streets. Maybe I’ll get a bit of an extra advantage there,” said David Leitzel.

City officials warn if you do have to take the JFX, avoid changing lanes in the construction zone and keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.

The construction project on the JFX is expected to last six to eight weeks.

The city has mapped out nine alternate driving routes for people coming in from the north. Click here for routes around the JFX.

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