Key Highway/Light Street Intersection

Multi-Modal Safety Improvements in South Baltimore

Baltimore, MD


Baltimore City Department of Transportation


STV, M Luis Construction


$6.3 Million


Trail / Multimodal Design, Post Construction Admin / Inspections, Streetscape Planning, Forest Conservation/Mitigation/Permitting, Critical Area, Green Infrastructure Planting Design, Urban Tree Conservation, Community Engagement, Bikeway Design

Key Highway is a major boulevard through Baltimore adjacent to historic Federal Hill and the Inner Harbor. Relics of previous transportation systems, such as old streetcar lines and mounded berms were removed to create a more visible, cohesive, and safe experience for all users. The Key Highway Intersection Improvement project’s primary goal was to create vehicular, pedestrian, and cyclist safety improvements through this vital corridor.

Overhead view of new Bike Lane and new road improvements

Extending a Major Trail

An extension of the Gwynns Falls trail, which is also part of the East Coast Greenway, provides a protected lane for pedestrians, bikes, and microtransit options. Landscaping includes additional shade, habitat, and visual interest along the trail. Accessibility upgrades along both sides of the highway create a more seamless and safe way for users to get around while still retaining historic features such as brick pavers. Adjacent to the Harbor, resiliency strategies include stormwater improvements that incorporate drought, flood, and salt-tolerant plantings.

Person riding scooter down new bike lane Key Highway and Light Street Intersection improvements Stormwater managment along Light Street

Project Team