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William Donald Schaefer rites likely to snarl downtown traffic this week

Downtown traffic patterns will be complex this week as the cortege of former Gov. William Donald Schaefer passes through city neighborhoods for a final tipping of the wings Monday followed by Schaefer’s funeral on Wednesday.

The city’s Department of Transportation said the following streets will be closed on Monday:

-Saratoga Street between Gay and Holliday streets from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

-Lexington Street between Guilford Avenue and Gay Street from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

-Holliday Street from Saratoga to Lexington streets from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, before Schaefer’s funeral begins at 11 a.m. at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at Charles and Saratoga streets, the following streets will be closed with restricted parking:

-Fayette Street between Gay and North Charles streets from 10:15 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. to 2 p.m.

Schaefer died on April 18. His body will lie in state at City Hall from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and all day on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. City workers have been given a mandatory furlough day Tuesday to help alleviate traffic congestion near City Hall.

Monday, Schaefer will lie in state at the Maryland State House in Annapolis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. before returning to his hometown in a motorcade procession.

His casket will pass an inner city route filled with memories from his 89-year life, much of it in public service as a member of the City Council, mayor, governor and state comptroller. The farewell route and times are:

-3:09 p.m., Schaefer’s childhood home, 620 Edgewood Street. Pass Western Cemetery, grave site of Schaefer’s parents.

-3:22 p.m., Lexington Market, 200 North Paca Street.

-3:32 p.m., Mt. Vernon Monument.

-3:38 p.m., Basilica of the Assumption, 409 Cathedral Street. Bishop Denis Madden will offer a blessing.

-3:44 p.m., Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw Street.

-3:48 p.m., Camden Yards, team mascots, team representatives and Maryland Stadium Authority staff will greet the motorcade.

-3:58 p.m., Federal Hill.

-4:08 p.m., Schaefer Statue, Inner Harbor. Motorcade will pass along Light Street

-4:12 p.m., National Aquarium, 501 East Pratt Street.

-4:18 p.m., Little Italy. Motorcade will travel along Eastern Avenue

-4:25 p.m., Fells Point Plaza.

-4:33 p.m., Lloyd Street Synagogue and Jewish Museum, corner of Lloyd and Lombard streets.

-4:38 p.m., Healthcare for the Homeless, 111 Park Avenue.

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