A portion of Light Street near the Inner Harbor will close Friday night through the weekend as crews remove a pedestrian bridge over the street, the first of intermittent closures through the spring, officials said.
The road will be closed between Conway and Pratt streets from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.
Construction crews are replacing a bridge that connects Harborplace's Light Street Pavilion to the Hyatt Regency Baltimore hotel's parking garage. The bridge will be rebuilt in the spring, requiring additional overnight and weekend closures during the construction process, said Scott Weaver, chief of bridge engineering for the city transportation department.
The Charm City Circulator's Purple and Banner routes will detour around the area, requiring officials to close northbound Purple Route stops at the Baltimore Visitor Center, The Gallery at Pratt and Calvert streets and by the Residence Inn at Light and Redwood streets. The southbound Purple and Banner route stops at Pratt and Light streets will also close.
Temporary stops will be set up at Charles and Pratt streets for the Purple Route and at Pratt and Sharp streets for both the Purple and Banner routes. The Purple Route goes from Federal Hill to Penn Station, while the Banner Route goes from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry.
The bridge was more than 30 years old and was "severely corroded and rusted," Weaver said. The new structure will replace a set of steps with a ramp to make it wheelchair-accessible, he said.
The work must be completed before the weather warms up in the spring because the bridge contains chilled water pipes that supply the air-conditioning system in the Light Street Pavilion, Weaver said. The work is expected to cost about $1 million, he said.
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