Pedestrian bridge work will limit MARC Halethorpe station parking

Update on Friday, Feb. 8: Bad weather expected Friday night delayed the installation of the bridge for 24 hours. The work will now take place from Saturday at 11:30 p.m. through Sunday at 3 a.m., with the actual bridge installation now coming around 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

Earlier Post: Crews are going to install a 40-ton pedestrian bridge at the MARC station in Halethorpe this weekend, but this will limit parking there for the next week.

The work is scheduled to take place from Friday at 11:30 p.m. through Saturday at 3 a.m., with the actual bridge installation coming at around 1 a.m. Train traffic will be stopped while the bridge is being lowered into position, though because this is happening overnight, this won’t affect any MARC trains, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. (The last MARC train on Friday night is scheduled to depart the station at 11:10 p.m. )

This work is going to limit parking at the Halethorpe station for a week, as heavy equipment will block 200 parking spaces today through Wednesday, Feb. 13. Riders have been instructed to park at the BWI Airport station garage (show a weekly or monthly Halethorpe ticket for free parking) or at the Dorsey stop on the Camden line (free parking is also available) instead.

In addition, the MTA has also set up additional extra parking at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department (5200 Southwestern Blvd., Arbutus), which is less than a mile north of the station. Free shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes between this parking and the Halethorpe station.

This work is part of the final phase of a $21 million renovation project, which began in April 2011. The project also includes improved signs, a new ticket booth and tweaks to train boarding, staircases, elevators and shelters.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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