Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Toxicology reports show that Victoria DeAngelo had a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 and had evidence of narcotic painkillers in her system.
Toxicology reports show that the driver of a fatal wrong-way crash on the Baltimore Beltway Thanksgiving weekend was drunk and had taken narcotic analgesics. Victoria DeAngelo, 21, of the 2300 block of Searles Road, crashed into another car as she drove on the wrong side of the Beltway on the Curtis Creek bridge, killing herself and a 3-year-old White Marsh girl. Reports from the Chief Medical Examiner's Office show that DeAngelo's blood-alcohol content was 0.18, and she also had Tramadol, a narcotic painkiller, in her blood, according to Sgt. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Transportation. DeAngelo was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt the wrong way on the outer loop of I-695 at about 10 p.m. Nov. 25, when she crashed …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Kane Street ramp to I-95 will temporarily close this weekend for bridge repairs.
Routine bridge deck repairs will cause some detours for Kane Street and I-95 travelers this weekend. Weather permitting, the work will close the ramp from Kane Street to southbound I-95 for portions of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to Maryland Transportation Authority officials. Northbound traffic will be detoured from Kane Street to Eastern Avenue, then to North Point Boulevard back to Eastern Avenue to southbound I-95, according to a statement from the organization. Southbound traffic will be detoured from Kane Street to Dundalk Avenue to Holabird Avenue to Ponca Street to Interstate Avenue to southbound I-95. The ramp will close at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and remain closed until 10 a.m. the following morning. For more …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The cleaning and painting project could cause lane closures and traffic delays on the eastbound Baltimore Beltway bridge over Bear Creek.
Bridge preservation projects planned by the Maryland Transportation Authority could cause delays and lane closures as work gets under way. Three projects involving the cleaning and painting of the structural steel of bridges and overpasses are planned, according to a statement from the transportation authority. Locally, the Reglas Painting Co. of Baltimore will clean and paint the eastbound bridge over Bear Creek, just north of the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The project is expected to take 18 months to complete and cost $4 million. Crews from Saffo Contractors of Wilmington, NC, will clean and paint the steel on 11 overpass bridges along the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) in Baltimore, Cecil and Harford counties. The 18-month …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Military convoys are expected to cause delays at Bay Bridge toll plaza mid-day.
If you're heading to Ocean City on Friday for the (sort of) holiday weekend, you'll want to carefully plan the time you'll cross the Bay Bridge onto the Eastern Shore. Because of two military convoys expected to arrive at the eastbound span at two different times on June 29, Maryland Transportation Authority officials are expecting high traffic conditions that could significantly impact traffic flow for motorists. The first convoy of about 27 vehicles is expected to arrive at the eastbound toll booths at about 12 noon, according to a statement from the department. The second group of about 61 vehicles is expected to arrive at about 1 p.m. Officials will direct the groups to the far right side of the toll plaza, according to the statement. …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Work on the Baltimore Beltway drawbridge will close the Inner Loop lanes from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. all this week.
Late-night and early-morning travelers could see their commutes tangled up a bit this week, and will need to follow a detour around the temporary closure of the Inner Loop's Curtis Creek Drawbridge. Additional work on the span will cause overnight closure of the Baltimore Beltway's Inner Loop this week. Weather-permitting, all lanes of I-695's Inner Loop between Quarantine Road and Maryland Route 10 will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day, according to a press release from the Maryland Transportation Authority. The work is scheduled to run June 25-29. Transportation authority officials said motorists will follow a detour from the Beltway to Quarantine Road, to Hawkins Point Road, to Pennington Avenue, to Ordnance Road to …
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 …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
If you were stuck in Key Bridge traffic today between 4:45 and 5:15 p.m., here's the reason why.
The m/v Zhen Hua 13, carrying four, 14-story cranes headed to the Seagirt Marine Terminal, successfully passed under the Francis Scott Key Bridge at about 4:50 p.m. today. Though it was anticipated that the ship had about four feet of clearance under the span, Maryland Transportation Authority officials decided to close the bridge to traffic to eliminate the chance of drivers getting distracted and causing crashes. Stay with Patch for the complete story.
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 …
Monday, October 10, 2011
The author, state Sen. Norman R. Stone, Jr., believes the General Assembly and Governor should have to approve any toll increases.
I know that there have been a lot of discussions and articles in the papers lately about the raise of the tolls, however, I feel it extremely important to continue to keep the matter in the forefront. It is hard to understand the logic behind the increases. We know full well that tolls are necessary to provide the funds necessary to retire the debt on the facilities and perform certain maintenance on the bridges, tunnels, etc. However, we do not believe the Maryland Transportation Authority has made a case for these increases. Although the Secretary has stated that there is never a good time to raise tolls, I believe this is the worst time with the high cost of gasoline, etc. As you are probably aware the delegates and I from the 6th …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
After holding 10 public hearings this summer on a proposal calling for steep toll increases across the state, the Maryland Transportation Authority Board approved a slightly revised plan Thursday morning.
The Maryland Transportation Authority Board approved a revised toll plan Thursday morning, which it projects will raise $90 million in its first full year, paying down significant debt for previous bonds issued to repair the state's aging bridges, tunnels and highways. The MDTA Board held 10 hearings this summer around the state after announcing its plans to significantly raise tolls at its facilities. The hearings generated a lot of debate and public outcry. In Harford and Cecil counties, the public response may have helped to stem toll increases at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge, MDTA Board members said, but overall the initial June proposal largely passed as planned. "The debt service is the driver," said MDTA chairwoman and …