Two-year Charles Street reconstruction project next to JHU nears completion

The two-year North Charles Street reconstruction project adjacent to Johns Hopkins University's Homewood camps is nearing its completion, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation announced yesterday.

The northbound and southbound lanes of Charles Street from 29th Street to University Parkway will reopen to vehicular traffic on or about Sept. 5, the city says, and "substantial completion" of the project is expected by Sept. 30. At that time, all sidewalks will be open and accessible to pedestrians.

The $28 million project was financed in part by a $2.5 million contribution from the university; the goal has been to build a safer and more attractive Charles Street for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers.

Even after "substantial completion" is achieved, the city says, additional work will have to be completed. Depending on weather conditions, community members could see additional activity in the spring, including final surface paving of the roadway.

More information on the project is available at

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