Posts Installed on Hanover Street to Prevent Illegal U-Turns onto I-95 South

| May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation (DOT) has installed flex posts in between the two center lanes on S. Hanover St. near McComas St. in Port Covington to prevent illegal U-turns onto the I-95 South on-ramp. DOT Public Relations Officer Kathy Dominick told SouthBMore.com that DOT has received citizen complaints about this issue.

Flex posts were installed to prevent the U-turns in the past, but the new yellow flex posts extend further south on S. Hanover St. past the I-95 South on-ramp. The goal of the flex posts is to prevent illegal U-turns at this location.

To get on I-95 South, southbound drivers on S. Hanover St. are directed to a jughandle at Cromwell St. to turn around in order to access the I-95 South on-ramp by heading north on S. Hanover St. This requires drivers to pass through two additional traffic lights. To avoid this, drivers often turn right on W. McComas St., turn around near Swann Park, and then turn left at the light at McComas St. and S. Hanover St. to get onto the I-95 South on-ramp. Flex posts have also been added to this section of W. McComas St. to prevent U-turns in the middle of the street.

Sagamore Development has proposed changes to the I-95 on- and off-ramps as part of its 235-acre Port Covington Master Plan. These are recommendations to the Federal Transit Authority. These proposed changes would not provide a new access point to I-95 South from southbound S. Hanover St., but there will be new blocks of infrastructure in Port Covington that drivers can turn around on.

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