Friday, April 26, 2013
Two vehicles were involved in the crash that snarled Friday afternoon's rush hour traffic.
No one was injured in a two-car crash on the Francis Scott Key Bridge late Friday afternoon that strangled rush hour traffic. At 3:53 p.m., officers from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police responded to the crash that happened at the top of the span, according to department spokesman First Sgt. Jonathan Green. The crash was contained to the left lane of the northbound section of the span, and traffic was able to get by in the right lane until both lanes were closed to upright a car that flipped on its side and remove it from the bridge, Green said in an email to Patch. A 2004 Ford Explorer and a 2003 Acura sedan were involved in the crash. The Acura slowed because of heavy traffic and was rear-ended by the Explorer, according to …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Maryland's Board of Public Works will determine whether to name the building for an engineer.
One part of the Francis Scott Key Bridge complex may be getting new name. The Baltimore Business Journal first reported that the Maryland Transportation Authority wants to name a building after Walter Woodford, one of the Maryland Transportation Authority's board members. Located at 303 Authority Drive in Dundalk, the structure is currently called the "Francis Scott Key Bridge Engineering/Construction Building." The Maryland Board of Public Works will determine whether to approve the request at an upcoming meeting in Annapolis. According to the April 3 meeting agenda, the Maryland Transportation Authority is asking that structure be called the "Walter E. Woodford Jr. Building." Woodford, who is a professional engineer, has dedicated "six …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Dundalk Patch presents its Photo of the Day.
Dundalk resident Tim Burke took this picture from Fort Armistead Park of a cruise ship, with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the background. "This is where I want to be right now, and now come back until spring is here," he said in an email to Dundalk Patch. View previous Photos of the Day here. Do you have a photo you'd like considered as Dundalk Patch's Photo of the Day? Add it to this article by clicking on the "upload photos and videos" button or send it to email@example.com. Sign up for breaking news alerts and a daily email newsleter from Dundalk Patch. Follow Dundalk Patch on Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The spill was reported to Baltimore County fire officials at 6:45 p.m.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Marge Neal
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
If you're a motorist headed toward the Francis Scott Key Bridge, you're encouraged to exercise caution and expect delays. Baltimore County firefighters are on the scene of a large fuel spill at the top of the bridge that is creating slippery conditions for vehicles, according to a dispatcher for the fire department. The spill was reported to fire department officials at about 6:45 p.m. Maryland Department of Transportation officials could not be reached. No additional information is available at this time.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A question asked and an effort beyond regular duties results in a different angle from which to cover a story.
I'm a big fan of the philosophy of "you won't know unless you ask." On Tuesday, I was doing some advance coverage of Wednesday's shipment of cargo cranes to the Seagirt Marine Terminal—an action that would temporarily close the Bay and Key bridges to traffic. The m/v Zhen Hua 13, sitting low in the water and loaded with four, 14-story, state-of-the-art cargo cranes, was scheduled to arrive at Seagirt late Wednesday afternoon. Members of the media were invited to the marine terminal to get the story, and were also encouraged to gather at Sandy Point State Park to shoot photos as the ship passed under the Bay Bridge. Because the Maryland Transportation Authority officials made the decision to close the spans, I thought I'd call them to see …
Four state-of-the-art "massive" cargo cranes will position the Port of Baltimore to conduct business with the world's largest container ships.
A container ship carrying four huge cargo cranes into the Port of Baltimore on June 20 had all the allure of opening night of the summer's big blockbuster movie. Spectators crowded every place they knew that would afford a good vantage point to watch the state-of-the-art cranes as the ship, the m/v Zhen Hua 13, slowly and adeptly maneuvered them first under the Bay Bridge and then the Francis Scott Key Bridge en route to the Seagirt Marine Terminal. While spectators were busy snapping photographs and shooting video of the ship's unusual cargo, the port was ushering in a technology that will give it a competitive edge over most other ports and allow it to do business with the world's largest container ships. "These cranes represent the …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The closure will occur while a ship carrying four massive cargo cranes to the Seagirt Marine Terminal passes under the span.
The Francis Scott Key Bridge will be closed to traffic for a short time Wednesday afternoon when several "massive" container cranes are shipped to the Port of Baltimore's Seagirt Marine Terminal. Maryland Transportation Authority officials will also close the Bay Bridge when the ship carrying the cranes passes under that span. MDTA officials said the Bay Bridge will be closed to traffic for about 40 minutes beginning around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. The Key Bridge will be closed for about 20 minues beginning around 3:15 p.m. The exact times are dependent upon the weather, tides and the ship's progress, according to officials. The ship, the m/v Zhen Hua 13, will carry four new container cranes that will be placed on the port's new 50-foot …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
June 8 was a beautiful day for taking pictures on the Chesapeake Bay.
Your Dundalk Patch editor was a guest on board the U.S. Coard Guard Cutter James Rankin on June 8 for the ceremonial setting of the Francis Scott Key buoy. Enjoy this view of the Francis Scott Key Bridge as seen from the ship.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Maryland Transportation Authority is scheduled to pass unprecedented toll increases Thursday despite public outcry, the state delegate says.
Once again, the Maryland Transportation Authority seems poised to use its non-elected position to pass along ill-advised toll increases on residents of southeast Baltimore County and the entire Baltimore metropolitan region. This decision comes despite considerable public outcry, suggesting that the members were either not listening or did not care about what local residents had to say. Indeed, plans to raise the basic round-trip rates at all Baltimore-area crossings to $8 (up from the current $4) for a round trip beginning in 2013 remain intact. Meanwhile, the MTA did agree to scale back the proposed hike at the Bay Bridge (from $8 to $6), leaving an unfair balance intact amongst the state’s toll facilities. I find it incomprehensible …