2 ends of Ellicott City’s Main Street reopen

WASHINGTON — Just over three weeks after the second “1,000-year flood” in two years devastated historic Ellicott City, the two ends of Main Street reopened to traffic Tuesday morning.

The most severely damaged portion of Main Street, which is located at the bottom of a valley, near where several creeks enter the Patapsco River, remains closed to all but residents, business owners and property owners during the massive cleanup and rebuilding process.

Main Street reopened to two-way traffic west of Old Columbia Pike and east of Maryland Avenue at 6 a.m.

Since the May 27 storm, vehicles traveling west on Frederick Road from Baltimore County have been unable to cross the Patapsco River bridge.

Drivers heading east down Main Street hill can get as far a Old Columbia Pike. The most severely damaged stretch of Main Street still limits access to residents, business and property owners. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Looking from Main Street over the washed-out stretch of Ellicott Mills Drive. Howard County says that it will still be several months until the road reopens. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Looking from Main Street over the washed-out stretch of Ellicott Mills Drive. Howard County says that it will still be several months until the road reopens. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Two-way traffic resumes on Main Street, west of Old Columbia Pike and east of Maryland Avenue. The worst hit stretch of Main Street still limited to access from residents, business owners and property owners. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Two-way traffic resumes on Main Street, west of Old Columbia Pike and east of Maryland Avenue. The worst hit stretch of Main Street still limited to access from residents, business owners and property owners. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
New Cut Road remains closed, but drivers approaching Ellicott City from the east can take Main Street to Maryland Avenue, then College Avenue as a commuting cut-through. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
New Cut Road remains closed, but drivers approaching Ellicott City from the east can take Main Street to Maryland Avenue, then College Avenue as a commuting cut-through. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Main Street in Ellicott City has reopened west of Old Columbia Pike and east of Maryland Avenue. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Main Street in Ellicott City has reopened west of Old Columbia Pike and east of Maryland Avenue. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Drivers crossing the Patapsco River onto Main St in Ellicott City must take first left onto Maryland Ave. Worst hit stretch of Main still offers access only to residents, business and property owners. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Drivers crossing the Patapsco River onto Main Street in Ellicott City must take first left onto Maryland Avenue. The worst hit stretch of Main Street still offers access only to residents, business and property owners. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
As of 6 a.m. on Tuesday, drivers could cross the Patapsco River bridge from Baltimore County onto Main Street in Ellicott City. Traffic must turn left after one block, on Maryland Ave, but this allows a cut-through. The no access zone remains, in the hardest-hit stretch of Main Street. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
As of 6 a.m. on Tuesday, drivers could cross the Patapsco River bridge from Baltimore County onto Main Street in Ellicott City. Traffic must turn left after one block, on Maryland Avenue, but this allows a cut-through. The no access zone remains, in the hardest-hit stretch of Main Street. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
As of Tuesday morning, vehicles will be allowed to cross the Patapsco River bridge from Baltimore County onto Ellicott City's Main Street. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
As of Tuesday morning, vehicles will be allowed to cross the Patapsco River bridge from Baltimore County onto Ellicott City’s Main Street. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
This photo showcases a map of the Ellicott City perimeter and road closures around Main Street. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
This photo showcases a map of the Ellicott City perimeter and road closures around Main Street. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein )
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Looking from Main Street over the washed-out stretch of Ellicott Mills Drive. Howard County says that it will still be several months until the road reopens. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Two-way traffic resumes on Main Street, west of Old Columbia Pike and east of Maryland Avenue. The worst hit stretch of Main Street still limited to access from residents, business owners and property owners. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
New Cut Road remains closed, but drivers approaching Ellicott City from the east can take Main Street to Maryland Avenue, then College Avenue as a commuting cut-through. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Main Street in Ellicott City has reopened west of Old Columbia Pike and east of Maryland Avenue. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Drivers crossing the Patapsco River onto Main St in Ellicott City must take first left onto Maryland Ave. Worst hit stretch of Main still offers access only to residents, business and property owners. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
As of 6 a.m. on Tuesday, drivers could cross the Patapsco River bridge from Baltimore County onto Main Street in Ellicott City. Traffic must turn left after one block, on Maryland Ave, but this allows a cut-through. The no access zone remains, in the hardest-hit stretch of Main Street. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
As of Tuesday morning, vehicles will be allowed to cross the Patapsco River bridge from Baltimore County onto Ellicott City's Main Street. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
This photo showcases a map of the Ellicott City perimeter and road closures around Main Street. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

Cars are required to turn left onto Maryland Avenue, to access St. Paul Street and College Avenue. New Cut Road will remain closed to traffic because of flood damage.

On the western end of Main Street, cars are able to travel from Rogers Avenue as far as Old Columbia Pike, which is just west of the lowest, most flood-prone portion of the historic district.

Also, 24 parking spaces are available in lot “B,” 27 spaces are available in lot “E” and portions of lots “F” and “G” will reopen on a space available basis as construction equipment used in the recovery is no longer needed.

Sunday, parking lot “D” reopened to the public to accommodate employees and customers of buildings outside the no access zone.


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