BALTIMORE (WJZ) — With a visit from President Donald Trump and a planned protest, an Orioles game — not to mention rush hour traffic — downtown Baltimore will be congested Thursday afternoon. Drivers should be prepared to sit in traffic or take another route.
Heavy traffic is expected between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Baltimore City DOT said.
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President Trump will be at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Harbor East for a retreat for Republican lawmakers.
DOT said drivers should avoid the downtown area south of Baltimore Street between Martin Luther King Blvd to N. Central Ave.
Due to traffic modifications and temporary road closures tomorrow, 9/12/2019, @BmoreCityDOT is urging motorists to avoid the area South of Baltimore St between N Martin Luther King, Jr. Bl to N Central Av. Consider using @mtamaryland transportation. #BalTraffic pic.twitter.com/LzdAaWUqAU
— Baltimore OEM (@BaltimoreOEM) September 11, 2019
They added that temporary intersection closures may occur in the afternoon and early evening, which will cause congestion and delays.
Downtown employees are encouraged to begin their commutes before 4 p.m. if possible to avoid delays.
Commuters are also encouraged to use other ways of getting around on Thursday, especially baseball fans who are headed to the Orioles game at Camden Yards.
Officials suggest mass transit including MDOT MTA buses, Light RailLink, the Metro SubwayLink and the Charm City Circulator as ways to get around.
MARC Camden – Potential delays Thursday afternoon — Due to the anticipated police activity in Baltimore on Thursday, September 12, MARC Train service to and from Camden Yards station may be impacted at various times between 5:00p… https://t.co/vfDNlXGeu7
— MTA Maryland (@mtamaryland) September 11, 2019
But even mass transit could see some delays; service to and from the Camden Yards station may be impacted between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., MTA said. The Penn Line is not expected to see any major impacts.
Transportation enforcement officers will be around downtown to help move traffic along.