Charles Street reconstruction update

The university has received an update from Baltimore City regarding the coming completion of two years of North Charles Street reconstruction work in the vicinity of the Homewood campus.

The city Transportation Department has announced that the northbound and southbound lanes of Charles Street from 29th Street to University Parkway will reopen to vehicular traffic on or about Friday, Sept. 5.

"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.

Also, crews may be working from time to time to complete "punch list" items.

Before the project is officially closed, those items will be taken care of and there will be an inspection and final approval, following Maryland State Highway Administration procedures.

The university joins the city Transportation Department in thanking you for your patience and cooperation during this two-year project.

More information on the project is available at

The city's community liaison can be reached to answer questions at

Kohl Erin Fallin, MPS Northwest Transportation Liaison City of Baltimore • Department of Transportation 417 E. Fayette St., Room 559 • Baltimore, MD 21202 443-984-4095 (Office)