Arundel Digest

Arundel Digest

September 08, 2002

Sobriety checks on Bay Bridge planned for today

Maryland Transportation Authority Police will establish a sobriety checkpoint today on the eastbound toll lanes of the Bay Bridge.

The checkpoint is part of an effort to intensify the fight against impaired driving and provide safe roadways for Maryland's citizens and visitors.

During the sobriety checkpoint, police will distribute information about laws and penalties associated with driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Motorists caught driving while under the influence will be arrested and prosecuted.

Annapolis council to meet tomorrow

When the Annapolis city council meets tomorrow for the first time since July, members are expected to vote on a measure that would remove the agenda item for public comment from the beginning of regular council meetings and open the floor for "petitions, reports and communications" at public hearings instead.

At an earlier public hearing on the proposal, residents complained it would limit the public's ability to speak up before the council's votes on legislation. Supporters say the measure, which would allow public comment by a vote of the council, would help to streamline often lengthy meetings.

Among other items on tomorrow's agenda is the introduction of a bill by Alderman Louise Hammond that would prohibit city residents from raising animals for consumption and a vote on a resolution by Alderman George O. Kelley endorsing the rehabilitation of the Woodside Gardens affordable housing project.

The Annapolis city council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall on Duke of Gloucester Street.

Bay Bridge renovation to resume tomorrow

The Maryland Transportation Authority will resume work tomorrow on a five-year, $60 million project to rehabilitate the deck of the Bay Bridge.

The authority is renovating the westbound bridge deck and railings east and west of the main suspension spans. Work began in January, but no daytime or weekend lane closures were permitted during the summer months.

Two lanes of traffic will remain open in each direction and no weekend lane closures are planned for this phase of the project, which ends Oct. 13.

Information: www.mdtrans portationauthority.com or 888- 229-7726

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