TOWSON — Road repairs tie up traffic on Beltway
TOWSON -- Westbound traffic on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway north of the city was backed up during the morning rush hours yesterday all the way from Belair Road in Overlea to Stevenson Road in Pikesville because of repairs that began Monday night but could not be finished by dawn.
State Highway Administration spokeswoman Liz Ziemski said workers began replacing 196 feet of the right-hand westbound lane and 26 feet of the middle westbound lane at Stevenson Road in Pikesville about 9 p.m. Monday.
Workers found the roadbed was more deteriorated than they thought, so they had to repave to a 2-foot depth instead of the 9 inches they originally planned, Ms. Ziemski said.
Consequently, the asphalt did not cool in time for morning rush-hour traffic beginning at 6 a.m.
Workers were still digging a portion of the area at 9 a.m., using crushed stone to build a new base and prevent settling, and then repaving.
The work was halted for yesterday evening's rush hour, resuming at 7 p.m. The job was expected to be completed this morning.
Various small repair and patching jobs are scheduled for the Beltway through the summer, Ms. Ziemski said, but workers plan to avoid the morning and evening rush hours.
Schaefer plans trip to Europe in late spring
ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. William Donald Schaefer may see Europe in late spring, if a trade mission he's planning works out.
The governor expects to meet with companies in Italy and England that do business with Maryland firms during a trip tentatively set for May 29 to June 5, press secretary Frank Traynor said last night.
Many details need to be worked out, said Mr. Traynor, who did not elaborate.
Mr. Traynor said the mission made economic sense, despite criti
cism from legislative auditors last fall that the Schaefer administration exaggerated the benefits of costly economic development trips abroad.
The state needs to look for foreign trade to stay healthy, Mr. Traynor said. "To keep a healthy and aggressive port and airport you're looking at not just a regional market, but a world market. The international front is our marketplace of the 1990s and beyond," he said.
When asked why Mr. Schaefer couldn't telephone the foreign business executives instead of meeting with them in person, Mr. Traynor said, "The face-to-face contact with the governor, being the state's top salesperson, is very effective."
Unlike previous trips, representatives of private businesses will not join the governor, he said. Mr. Schaefer will travel with a handful of state officials and a state trooper.
Last year, state legislators questioned the effectiveness of six foreign missions organized for Mr. Schaefer from June 1989 through June 1991. The trips cost more than $700,000.
Mr. Schaefer's took his last trade mission, a 13-day trip to Singapore and Japan, in June 1991.