An artist's rendering of the pedestrian-friendly ellipse on Charles Street between The Beach and Wolman and McCoy halls.

Photo: RK&K


Charles Street Construction Animation

Charles Street Reconstruction Project Moving Toward Fall 2014 Completion

On or about April 17, 2014, Baltimore City Deprtment of Transportation (DOT) will be closing vehicular access from Greenway to 34th Street for reconstruction of the intersection. In order to maintain vehicular access to 34th Street, the DOT will implement a detour which will bring vehicles from 33rd Street turning right onto the new section of northbound Charles Street and turning right onto 34th Street. 


The construction of the Greenway and 34th Street intersection is expected to last four to six weeks (complete by June 1, 2014); at which time Charles Street between 33rd and 34th Streets will once again be closed to vehicular traffic and the contractors will continue construction work in the “Art Plaza” in front of Charles Commons.

April and May:

  • Traffic will shift to the new portion of roadway between 33rd and Art Museum Drive
  • The pedestrian crosswalk at Art Museum Drive will relocate to the south side of the intersection
    • Pedestrians will no longer cross the north and southbound lanes on Charles Street. They will be detoured onto Art Museum Drive and up and around the intersection work area.
  • The construction fencing north of 33rd will be re-configured to open up a larger crossing at the Beach
  • The sidewalk on the west side of Charles Street will be made accessible between the Mattin Center north to University Parkway
  • The sidewalk from Mattin Center south to Art Museum Drive will be constructed
  • The intersection of Charles and Art Museum Drive will be re-configured

Summer 2014:

  • Reconstruction of the east service lane north of Greenway to University Parkway
    • Vehicles will park and drive on the newly constructed portion of northbound Charles from Greenway to University Parkway
    • Pedestrian access to properties along the east side of Charles Street will be maintained
  • Completion of the Art Plaza area in front of Charles Commons
  • Construction work will move into the eastern portion of the traffic lanes south of 33rd to 29th Street
  • Permanent light poles will be installed (and hopefully energized by BGE)


  • Final paving coat, striping, and signage installation 


  • Planned re-opening of N. Charles Street

General Updates

We will continue to communicate additional details as construction progresses; however, please make note of the following link on the City’s Charles Street Construction website for the most up-to-date changes to pedestrian and vehicular paths and parking restrictions throughout the Project: 

Questions regarding the project can be submitted through the JHU Website.

Shuttle Information: 
When the Phase 1 Charles St Closure is put into effect, the northbound Homewood-Peabody-JHMI Shuttle will turn right onto 28th St then turn left onto N. Calvert St to continue northbound. The stop at N. Charles/29th will be relocated to N. Calvert/29th. The stop at N. Charles/33rd will be relocated to N. Calvert/33rd. An additional drop-off only stop will be added at E. University Parkway/St. Paul St. The Interfaith Center stop and all southbound stops will be unaffected. Changes to University Transportation Services

The Homewood-Peabody-JHMI Shuttle will no longer stop at 29th and 33rd Streets northbound. Buses will detour to Calvert Street between 28th Street and University Parkway.  To minimize time on the bus, an additional dropoff stop has been added on University Parkway across from the Interfaith Center.  After this stop, buses will use Bishops Lane to turn around and then return to the Interfaith Center to pick up passengers headed southbound. Detour  map, list of stops and current schedule

Blue Jay Shuttle routes have been updated.  All routes will depart from the Brody Learning Commons rather than from Mason Hall.  With the exception of the Orange Route, the first trip departure is at 5:40 p.m. The first departure for the Orange Route is 6 p.m. Fixed route service runs through 11:15 p.m. After that time, the shuttle operates on an on-demand, point-to-point basis through 4 a.m. New Blue Jay Shuttle maps and list of updated stops