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Jul 01

What to Expect During Construction

Public Safety & Health: The MTA and its designated contractor will take all steps necessary to ensure a safe construction environment for local residents, pedestrians, and commuters. To improve pedestrian safety, temporary barrier walls and fencing have been placed around the construction site.

Dust Control: Dust is likely to occur as a result of the construction activity. The contractor will use various dust reduction measures periodically throughout their operation such as water sprinkling and fabric fence inserts to keep dust in the air to a minimum.

Rodent Abatement: Construction activities often disturb rodent habitats. Therefore, MTA is partnering with the City of Baltimore to address any rodent issues and prevent, to the extent possible, the increase of rodents in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Vibration: The use of heavy construction equipment may result in vibrations felt especially by pedestrians accessing the area and in some cases within adjacent buildings. With this type of roadway construction, the potential for structural damage is minimal, but the contractor will continue to identify ways to reduce vibration levels, through the use of varying construction methods and by limiting heavy trucks on the local street network whenever possible.

Noise: Noise levels will increase within the project area during construction. To address this, MTA’s designated contractor will make every effort possible to reduce the noise associated with construc­tion. Hours of operation vary depending on the time of year, but the contractor has been directed to limit the higher noise generating activities to later in the morning and mid-afternoon, in an effort to minimize disturbance to the adjacent residents.

Work Hours: Construction activities are typically restricted to Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. However, on certain days with high humidity or red alert heat warnings, the contractor may start the work schedule earlier to prevent working during dangerous heat levels..

Traffic Changes: A Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) plan has been established by the MTA to ensure that vehicles and pedestrians can still travel through the area on US 40 and local streets. Motorists should expect delays when traveling through the project area from Spring 2013 to Winter 2014. At various times during construction, both directions along US 40 will experience full and/or partial lane closures; however, two lanes of traffic will be maintained on either US 40 or on the local east-west roadways during peak traffic periods (6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM).

On-Street Parking: The location and availability of on-street parking may be temporarily changed or permanently closed as part of the parking expansion project. However, steps to minimize impacts to parking will be taken. Contractor personnel will be restricted from parking on existing MTA MARC station lots or adjacent neighborhood streets. Street parking on the Monroe Street Bridge will be allowed during construction. If you are a resident who lives on Mulberry or Franklin and would like a permit to park on the Monroe Street Bridge, please contact the construction office to sign-up (410) 362-0700.

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