|Friday, April 22, 2011 – Angela Jackson and Robert Lang|
|Traffic modifications, parking restrictions and details for a final tour of Baltimore are in place for next week’s memorial services honoring William Donald Schaefer.
On Monday, April 25, Mr. Schaefer will lie in state at the State House in Annapolis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of the public can line up as early as they want at the front entrance of the State House (opposite side of Lawyer’s Mall) and are encouraged to arrive no later than 1 p.m. for the viewing. The public is encouraged to park at the Naval Memorial Stadium and enter through Gate 5 on the west side of Taylor Avenue where shuttles will be provided.
The procession will then leave Annapolis and head to Baltimore City under a police escort. The procession will travel north on Rowe Boulevard, to U.S. Route 50 West, to I-97 North, to the Inner Loop of the Beltway, to I-95 North into Baltimore City. That procession will take place between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Later that day, a procession will travel through Baltimore City to some of his favorite destinations, including Lexington Market, the Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, Little Italy and the Lloyd Street Synagogue and Jewish Museum of Maryland, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Fells Point, Little Italy and his childhood home on Edgewood Street in west Baltimore.
His body will then be brought to City Hall where he will lie in state from 6 until 9 p.m. He will continue to lie in state on Tuesday, April 26, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held for the former mayor, governor and comptroller Wednesday, April 27, at Old Saint Paul’s Church on North Charles Street starting at 11 a.m. Interment at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens following funeral services.
The following roads will be closed Monday, April 25, with parking restrictions in effect:
Saratoga Street between Gay and Holliday Streets from 3-6 p.m.
Lexington Street between Guilford Avenue and Gay Street from 4-6 p.m.
Holliday Street from Saratoga to Lexington Streets from 4-6 p.m.
In preparation for the funeral service on Wednesday, April 27, the following streets will be closed with parking restrictions in effect:
Fayette Street between Gay and North Charles Streets from 10:15-10:45 a.m.
North Charles Street between Fayette and Mulberry Streets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saratoga Street between Liberty and Charles Streets from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Transportation officials say garages in the areas of the road closures will be impacted by the funeral services Wednesday morning.
Patrons who use these garages will have access to park until 9 a.m. Wednesday. Then from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., only controlled access to these garages will be allowed for those individuals attending the funeral service. Customers will be able to exit the garages at any time.
Drivers should also be aware that during times of movement for both the final tour of the city and the funeral service, there will be temporary road closures along the procession routes. Temporary delays should be expected during these times.
Officials are asking that if you do not have to travel on Monday in the areas of Schaefer’s final tour of the city or on Wednesday during the funeral service, to please avoid them.
A long-time aide to Schaefer says the former mayor and governor was a man of the people and anyone who knew him knew he was approachable and this is one opportunity for everybody to bid goodbye.
Mike Golden adds that it is hard to predict what the crowds are going to be like next week. He says this will probably be the biggest state funeral in the state’s history for some time.