Bestgate Road nears smooth future

May 05, 1994

Tired of banging your wheels against those elevated manhole covers on Bestgate Road? Wondering whether the county will ever finish this project?

Take heart. Public Works Director John Brusnighan said yesterday that the paving is to start June 1.

Most of the work on the $12.6 million road-widening project was finished in December and a preliminary road surface was applied, but a final, 4-inch coat was put off until spring. The manhole covers were left sticking out to accommodate the extra asphalt, but this has made driving down the street an unsettling experience.

At a budget hearing yesterday, an exasperated Councilman David G. Boschert, D-Crownsville -- who said he drives on Bestgate Road every time he comes to the Arundel Center -- grilled Public Works officials on the project.

"It's an absolute personal embarrassment to me to drive on that," conceded Mr. Brusnighan, offering an apology to the county's motorists. "I don't like to drive on it. I've beaten my car up pretty good driving over it."

He wasn't the only one embarrassed. Councilwoman Maureen Lamb, D-Annapolis, said she would appreciate removal of the sign announcing the project, which prominently features her name because it is located in her district. "It's been an embarrassment long enough," she said.

Annapolis police investigate robberies

Annapolis police are investigating two robberies reported Tuesday night and early yesterday.

An attendant at Jackson's Bay Ridge Crown station in the 2200 block Bay Ridge Ave. was robbed around 1 a.m. yesterday by a man carrying a pistol. The robber stole $18 from the attendant, George Watkins, 45, then fled.

Alicia Evans Marvan, 27, of the first block of Water Street, was robbed of $60 after making a withdrawal from an automatic teller machine. She told police she was at the First National Bank of Maryland in the 200 block of Old Solomons Island Road about 9 p.m. when a man approached her and ordered her to give him the money.

When she refused, the man pushed her to the ground and took the money from her pocket, she said. The robber fled with another man.

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