SHA conducting tests at former sinkhole

September 03, 1998

A State Highway Administration contractor is probing the ground under part of Route 31 where a sinkhole opened in March 1994, fatally injuring a 24-year-old Taneytown man.

The tests are a routine pre-construction check, said Richard M. Smith, SHA maintenance facilities supervisor.

"At some point, probably this fall because we're awful busy right now, we will be doing some smoothing because as big as that project was, there has been some settling," he said.

The project was the repair of the large sinkhole that appeared on Route 31 near Medford Road early March 31, 1994. Robert W. Knight died when his van plunged into the sinkhole.

Highway workers pumped in soil, concrete and sand to fill the sinkhole, 35 feet by 40 feet and 18 feet deep, then resurfaced the road.

The tests, which are expected to be finished this week, are to ensure the filled area is stable and safe for traffic, Smith said. He said sections of the shoulder and traffic lanes will be tested for stability.

He said the Westminster SHA office has received numerous calls from drivers who saw the testing and were concerned the sinkhole might have reopened.

New Windsor program nets $1 million in refugee aid

Refugees in Azerbaijan have received nearly $1 million in medicines and health care supplies through a program based in New Windsor.

Interchurch Medical Assistance coordinated the effort, which airlifted the supplies to the former Soviet republic last month. Dr. Glen Brubaker, medical director for the nonprofit association housed at Brethren Service Center, accompanied the shipment and visited distribution centers.

Free clinics will distribute the medicines, which were designated to treat common illnesses and were donated by several pharmaceutical companies. More than 300,000 people will benefit from the donations.


Harney: Firefighters responded at 2: 53 p.m. Tuesday to illegal burning in the 5000 block of Harney Road. Units were out 18 minutes.

Pub Date: 9/03/98

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