Attention, Baltimore commuters: The JFX has been reduced to two lanes in each direction. That means, come Monday morning, it's going to be extra-crowded on the expressway. To get to work on time, check out the directions below for alternate routes into the city. And leave early!
The expressway's left lanes have been closed near 29th St. and Druid Lake Drive to permit repairs to damaged drainage pipes under the highway, said the Baltimore Department of Transportation, which expects the project to take as many as eight weeks.
The department urges commuters to not rely on the JFX.
"The remaining two lanes in each direction will not provide sufficient capacity to accommodate traffic demand and, accordingly, severe congestion will result unless there is a significant traffic diversion," the department said in a statement.
Translation: You'll regret it if you get on the expressway during rush hour.
The transportation department asks commuters to consider public transportation: local or express buses, the light rail and the Metro.
If you must drive, the department has provided turn-by-turn directions for nine alternate routes into the city from the northwest, north and northeast.
LIBERTY ROAD/LIBERTY HEIGHTS AVENUE
INBOUND: From the Beltway (I-695), follow Liberty Road eastward. At the city line (near Northern Parkway) it becomes Liberty Heights Ave. Proceed to Reisterstown Road (just past Mondawmin Mall) where Liberty Heights Ave. makes a bend to the left.
To downtown: Several blocks ahead, turn right onto Auchentoroly Terrace. Keep to the right and follow as the roadway becomes Druid Hill Ave. Several blocks past Martin Luther King Blvd., Druid Hill Ave. becomes Centre St., which intersects Cathedral and St. Paul streets, which connect to the central business district.
OUTBOUND: Travel north from the central business district on Calvert or Charles streets and turn left on Madison St. and proceed until it becomes McCulloh St. Proceed past Gwynns Falls Parkway and the Conservatory to Liberty Heights Ave., turn left and head west to the Beltway.
INBOUND: From the Beltway (I-695), follow Reisterstown Road south. Proceed past the intersection with Druid Park Drive (the intersection is known as "Park Circle"). Turn left at the next traffic signal onto Auchentoroly Terrace. Proceed as in "to downtown" above.
OUTBOUND: Travel north from the central business district on Charles or Calvert streets and turn left onto Madison St. and proceed until it becomes McCulloh St. Continue until it merges with Reisterstown Road. Keep in the two left lanes and proceed through Park Circle and continue northwest on Reisterstown Road to the Beltway.
PARK HEIGHTS AVENUE
INBOUND: From the Beltway (I-695), follow Park Heights Ave. south. At Park Circle, proceed south on Reisterstown Road. At the next traffic signal, turn left onto Auchentoroly Terrace and proceed as in "to downtown" above.
OUTBOUND: Travel north from the central business district on Calvert or Charles streets and turn left onto Madison St. and proceed until it becomes McCulloh St. Continue until it merges with Reisterstown Road. Keep in the right two lanes, proceed through Park Circle and continue on Park Heights Ave. to the Beltway.