Once again, machines have replaced human beings, taking work away from at least 12 humans.
But in this case, even the human beings would agree it was a good move.
Leedmark, the new $10-million "hypermarket" in Glen Burnie, has gotten a new traffic light at its entrance on New Ordnance Road in Glen Burnie, replacing off-duty police officers who had been directing traffic there since the store's opening last May.
When the huge department and grocery store first opened, it attracted such a crowd that Leedmark officials thought the added traffic, on an already congested stretch of road, might be dangerous.
So Thomas Lenkevich, president of the Glen Burnie store, hired more than a dozen county police officers to direct traffic seven days a week and set about getting a traffic signal for the entrance.
Leedmark, a French department-store chain, received approval from the State Highway Administration in August to install the light.
Leedmark picked up most of the $76,000 tab, with developers F. J. S. Management and the Ordnance Road Limited Partnership paying for a third of the cost.
In a press releaseabout the installation of the light, Leedmark also announced it had volunteered to maintain a mile-long stretch of New Ordnance Road, between Ritchie Highway and Bay Meadow Drive, as part of Maryland's Adopt-a-Highway program.