Lane shifts, closures for I-95 bridge work to begin this...

Community Notes

April 21, 2002

Lane shifts, closures for I-95 bridge work to begin this week

As part of the State Highway Administration's $6.8 million construction project to improve 10 bridges along Interstate 95 in Howard and Prince George's counties, traffic will be shifted along northbound I-95, north of Route 198, Tuesday, weather permitting. The shift will be in place for about a month.

The bridges are structurally sound, the SHA says. The longevity and surface of the decks, or riding surfaces, will be improved with a new concrete-and-latex overlay.

Single-lane closures will be in effect along northbound I-95, approaching Route 198, beginning at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Double-lane closures will go into effect at 10 p.m. Lanes will be totally closed, for intervals of 15 minutes, beginning at midnight.

Information: www.marylandroads.com.

Volunteer Center to hold orientation Wednesday

The Volunteer Center serving Howard County will hold an orientation for prospective volunteers from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Columbia Association boardroom, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Volunteer opportunities include one-time events and continuing programs. Registration is requested.

Information: 410-715-3172.

Multiple sclerosis society holding pledge walk today

The Maryland Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is holding an MS Walk at Lake Elkhorn Park in Columbia at 10 a.m. today.

Walkers will collect pledges which will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Information: 800-FIGHT- MS, or www.nationalmssociety.org.

Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking is today

Habitat for Humanity of Howard County will hold a ground-breaking ceremony, rain or shine, at 4 p.m. today to celebrate the start of construction on the first Habitat home in Howard County.

The ceremony will be on the site where the house will stand, 8050 Martin Road, near Freetown and Martin roads, in Columbia. Howard County Executive James N. Robey will officiate.

Information: 410-715-9041.

Senior Stroll/Fun Run to begin Saturday morning

The Coalition of Geriatric Services (COGS) and Maryland Senior Olympics will hold a Senior Stroll/Fun Run on Saturday at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.

Warm-ups will begin at 8:30 a.m. The walk and run will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $20; $15 for those ages 60 and older. Proceeds will go to COGS.

Business sponsorships are welcome.

Information: 410-997-0610.

Homeless-aid organization is looking for help

Congregations Concerned for the Homeless, which provides transitional housing services to families in Howard County, seeks volunteers to paint and repair homes, pick up and deliver furniture, design a Web site and help with fund raising.

Volunteers who can give one hour a week or month are welcome.

Information: 410-884-5408.

Hospital seeks volunteer wheelchair technicians

Howard County General Hospital seeks volunteer wheelchair technicians to retrieve and maintain wheelchairs and stretchers, and greet and accompany transfusion-unit patients. On-the-job training will be provided.

Information: 410-740-7980.

Council seeks applicants for committee posts

The Columbia Council seeks residents to serve one-year terms on four council committees: Risk Management; Budget; Design and Covenant; and Communications. A resident with experience in general liability insurance will be selected to serve on the Risk Management Committee. Three residents are needed for each of the other committees.

Letters and resumes should be sent by May 1 to Carole Thompson, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044; send a fax to 410-715-3067; or send e-mail to carole.thompson@columbiaassociation.com.

Information: 410-715-3111.

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