WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

November 24, 1992

Four-lane Route 32 extension in Odenton opens tomorrow

The Route 32 extension in Odenton will open tomorrow morning, providing commuters with a better road between Columbia and Interstate 97.

Motorists will be able to use the 4.3-mile stretch of road after the 9:30 opening ceremony, which will take place near the Burns Crossing Road interchange.

The $22.8 million project upgrades the major east-west corridor to four lanes with controlled access. It is a major step toward linking Columbia to I-97, which connects Baltimore and Annapolis.

The project also is designed to alleviate a rush-hour bottleneck on Route 175 from Fort Meade and the National Security Agency traffic.

Poor weather conditions have delayed the opening of the full interchange at Route 170. State highway officials said traffic from Route 170 will not be able to get on the westbound lanes of Route 32 until later this year.

Landscaping and final paving will be completed in the spring.

Local officials participating in the ceremony include Dels. Marsha Perry, John Gary and Tyras Athey. The state will be represented by Transportation Secretary O. James Lighthizer and State Highway Administrator Hal Kassoff.

Police dog finds suspect in Odenton swamp

County police have charged a Severn man with several traffic violations after a police dog tracked him down in an Odenton swamp Friday morning.

According to the police report, officers stopped James Earl Hatcher, 23, of the 8100 block of Village Road, at 1 a.m. on Mapes Road on suspicion of drunken driving.

Mr. Hatcher got out of the car and allegedly ran about a half-mile into a swamp, where Gouch, the police dog, caught him, the police report said.

Mr. Hatcher was charged with drunken driving, driving with a suspended license and fleeing and eluding police.

POLICE

* Severn: A woman reported to police that someone broke into her home in the 1800 block of Severn Hill Road last Tuesday. It was not known what was taken.

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