Mayor Hopkins provided this explanation for the continued closure of the Baltimore Street connection: Baltimore Street is closed at 49th Street (local access only) because of the sewer project. Pt Ruston removed the fencing at the north end of Baltimore Street that allowed traffic to flow onto a closed roadway. This was a safety issue and that is why the town put the road blocks up.
Despite the announcement in the paper yesterday and the construction crews working overtime to complete the work today, the Baltimore Street connection remains closed tonight. Point Ruston confirmed they opened the road shortly after 4 pm when they had completed all the required work on the road, sidewalk and fencing. Town officials arrived shortly thereafter to shut down the road again. I have asked Ruston Mayor Bruce Hopkins to outline the reasons for the closure and will post his response as soon as he provides one.
Given the invasion of cars in Ruston this weekend due to the Taste of Tacoma at our doorstep, traffic flow is especially critical. This is compounded by the fact that N. Winnifred is completely shut down as of yesterday for repaving related to the sewer replacement project.
Despite these concerns, it was a huge step forward today to have the connection to Ruston Way finally opened and traffic flowing through town once again. Let the rebuilding continue!