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Opening day in Baltimore

The Orioles home opener at Camden Yards is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. That means more northbound traffic from Washington on I-95 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway this afternoon.

Watch for backups at the Russell Street and I-395 exits from I-95 in Baltimore. Transit options from Washington are very limited, so most fans drive.

I think the easiest approach is via the BW Parkway, which becomes Russell Street into downtown Baltimore. Turn right onto Lee Street for stadium permit lots, or turn right onto Hamburg Street just after Ravens Stadium and follow signs for lots F, G and H. Drivers also can continue on Russell Street and turn right on Pratt Street to parking garages and lots in the city. But keep in mind that this is afternoon game, and the downtown office workers still will be parked in the public lots and garages.

On the I-95 route, take Russell Street North (Exit 52) and turn right onto Lee Street for access to A, B/C, East or North permit lots. Or go one exit beyond and take I-395 North (Exit 53). Keep left at the split to enter downtown. Continue north on Howard Street to Pratt or Lombard for downtown public parking garages, keeping in mind that many spaces will be occupied by office workers.

Use this link to see a map of the stadium parking areas. If you don't have a permit, go for stadium lots F, G and H. After a crowded game, I find it easiest to get out by heading east on Ostend Street, then turning right on Light Street, left on East Fort Avenue, left on Lawrence Street and right on Key Highway. When you pass under the railroad tracks and I-95, make a right at the light and it will lead to a ramp for southbound I-95.

Avoid parking on neighborhood streets near the stadium. City parking control personnel will be out looking for vehicles without the neighborhood stickers. Those vehicles will be ticketed and towed. If that happens to you, call 311 to find out where your car is and how to get it back.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 9, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Events  | Tags: BW Parkway traffic, Baltimore Orioles opening day, Baltimore Washington Parkway traffic, Baltimore Washington traffic, Baltimore baseball traffic, Baltimore traffic information, I-95 traffic delays, I-95 traffic information, baseball traffic delays, getting to Orioles game  
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