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.

Jul 01

Construction Underway

 

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The construction phase of the Parking Expansion project is fully underway. Please plan for possible delays and disruptions in order to lessen the impacts for the next year of construction. In the end, the new parking lots will encourage commuters from taking up valuable parking in residential neighborhoods. The project will also improve how traffic flows throughout the neighborhood, reconnect Payson Street to the street grid, and provide new space for community events. Along with landscaping and new public artwork, the project is the first step in promoting future transit-oriented development in the area.

Jun 11

Website Update in Progress

The West Baltimore MARC Site is currently being updated. Thank you for your interest in the West Baltimore MARC Station Projects.

May 22

Station Improvements & Upgrades: Station Design and Project Survey

WBMARC_concept_designOn May 22, 2013, approximately 95 West Baltimore community stakeholders participated in a electronic to provide valuable insight into the type of station they would like to see in the future. The following is a snapshot what people said was important to them regarding the station and overall project:

  • 74% people participating in the survey have lived in West Baltimore for more than 10 years
  • 47% preferred a modern design over a traditional design style, but 13% were undecided
  • 61% would prefer to see a plaza design with less pavement and more greenspace
  • Lighting installations and historic panels were close choices for an art preference with 31% and 35% respectively
  • 66% of the participants would prefer to see a combination of both stand alone public art work and artistic elements incorporated into the overall station improvements
  • 38% would like to see the Archie Veale mural imagery used to create new art with 34% wanting to see completely new imagery used to create new public art
  • 86% strongly agree with a station design that is easily maintained and sustainable
  • 92% strongly agree with a station design that promotes security and safety
  • 78% strongly agree with a station design that uses renewable and energy-efficient solutions
  • 90% strongly agree that the station should attract reinvestment to the area
  • 92% strongly agree that the project should include workforce training and local hiring efforts
  • 81% strongly support a platform design that includes seating for passengers
  • 73% strongly support a station that includes bike storage facilities
  • 99% strongly support a platform design that includes accessible trash cans
  • 93% strongly support a platform design that provides canopy shelters

Jan 04

Paid Job Training Opportunity with SHA

Applications must be received by February 3, 2012.

If you are 18 years or older with a high school diploma and you are interested in getting paid to attend a training program in Auto CAD, Carpentry, or to obtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL), please visit the BuildUp Program website to learn more about the program and what you need to do to apply. Please review the materials and submit an application before February 3, 2012.

May 30

Public Artists Chosen for Scenic Beautification Project

We are pleased to announce that William and Teresa Cochran of William Cochran Studios have been selected as the public artists for the Scenic Beautification Project. William and Teresa were chosen in May 2011 after a formal selection process that involved a 12-member committee reviewing artists’ applications and samples of work. The committee, which featured seven West Baltimore community members, then selected five finalists for interviews. The committee voted and felt strongly that William and Teresa would be a great fit for this project. Check out the William Cochran studio website to view some of their past projects.

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Dec 13

Temporary Closure of Eastbound US 40 Ramp

The eastbound ramp to US 40 at Smallwood Street is temporarily closed as of 7:00 AM on Monday, December 20, 2010. Eastbound traffic will be diverted to Mulberry Street. The ramp closure goes into effect as the project moves into the next phase of demolishing the “Highway to Nowhere.” On-street parking will continue to be restricted on Mulberry Street between Pulaski and Monroe streets. Please look for the changes to traffic patterns and new parking restrictions to be posted in the area.

Traffic and parking changes resulting from the first phase of demolition activities, which began in fall 2010, will remain in effect including the temporary closure of the westbound US 40 ramps (just west of Greene Street and just west of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard).

Oct 27

Community Participates in MBE/DBE Informational Meeting

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On October 27, 2010, the MTA held an informational meeting on the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)/ Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) process and local job training programs. Over 35 community members attended the meeting, which included a presentation by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Office of Minority Business Enterprise. Participants had the opportunity to learn the step-by-step process to become MBE/DBE certified and how to market a business once certified. Graduates from two local job training programs, Project Jump Start and Bon Secours Money Place Career and Financial Development Program, also spoke at the meeting. The graduates shared their experiences, saying they gained valuable skills through the apprenticeships and jobs they were placed in through the programs. To learn more about the MBE/DBE process or local job training programs, please contact Staycie Francisco.

Sep 13

Governor Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony

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On Friday, September 10, 2010, residents and community leaders of West Baltimore stood at the western edge of the “Highway to Nowhere” and looked on as Governor Martin O’Malley operated a hydraulic hammer to break ground and signify the kick-off of demolition. The Governor emphasized that demolishing parts of the old highway structure is the first step in reconnecting West Baltimore’s neighborhoods.

“These are connections that advance progress,” said Governor O’Malley as he described the reconnection of Payson Street as a benefit of the MARC station parking expansion.

The Governor was joined by Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Maryland Secretary of Transportation Beverley K. Swaim-Staley, and long-standing community leader, Mr. John Hailey. As northern co-chair of the West Baltimore MARC TOD/Transportation, Inc., Mr. Hailey has been working with neighborhoods for the past several years to increase awareness and build support for the project.

“We make change happen when we work together,” Hailey said, “The demolition is a sign to everyone that change can really happen here, and it is just the beginning.”

Aug 11

Things Are Happening

We will begin preparing the site for demolition, and pre-demolition activities will begin in late September 2010. A majority of the demolition work will occur within the old I-170 highway area, but lane closures and traffic delays should be expected on certain sections of West Franklin Street, West Mulberry Street, and US 40.

Things you will see happening during September:

  • Security fencing for demolition site will be installed
  • Trailers will be set up on site to house construction field offices
  • Traffic signs and message boards will be installed
  • Measurement equipment will be used around the demolition site
  • Equipment for the demolition will be moved onto the site
  • Vibra-Tech, Inc. will be offering free inspections to residents and businesses closest to the demolition site, in order to document the current condition of your exterior and interior walls in case there are impacts as a result of vibration

We will keep the website up-to-date with more details and information as the project moves forward. Please look out for additional mailings and project newsletters to find out the latest updates as well.

Click here to download the Demolition Informational Flyer for information about what to expect during the demolition.

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