Traffic cones and other construction signage.

Starting on or about April 29, 2019, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) will begin upgrading the natural gas lines in the area surrounding the University of Maryland, Baltimore. This is Phase 1 of BGE’s Operation Pipeline initiative to modernize gas equipment throughout the service area to continue delivering natural gas safely and reliably. This work is anticipated to continue for approximately 12 months for construction and installation.  

The Phase 1 project area, in which BGE will install new gas mains, consists of the area roughly bounded by Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, West Pratt Street, South Greene Street, and West Lombard Street.

During the installation of these gas mains, individuals should expect:

  • Shifting traffic patterns within the project area. Drivers and pedestrians should expect lane closures and detours during the life of this project. Flaggers will be on-site to assist with directing traffic.
  • Street parking restrictions during regular working hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parking restrictions will be delineated by signage and traffic cones.
  • General construction noise in the area due to excavation of the road.

As work is completed, any paving or landscaped surfaces disturbed in the process will be restored. Disturbed surfaces may be temporarily paved or covered by metal plates before permanent resurfacing occurs.

We look forward to beginning this important safety and reliability upgrade. Learn more about Operation Pipeline by watching the Operation Pipeline Video on the project website here. You also can contact the project team via email at or by phone at 410-470-7700. A member of the project team will respond within 24 hours.

The points of contact for this project are Ken Gostomski, project manager for BGE Operation Pipeline, UMB Phase 1, and Paul Leatherman, senior project construction manager. 

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