Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

March 24, 2004

Some lanes on I-97 to be closed at night for work on bridge

Some lanes between Route 100 and New Cut Road on Interstate 97 will be closed temporarily in both directions most nights for the next week, State Highway Administration officials said.

The lane closures, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., will allow workers to install steel beams for a new bridge. State police will be on-site to guide motorists, administration officials said.

The work is part of a $10 million project and should be completed by the fall, officials said.

Balto. County man charged with illegal dredging

The Maryland attorney general has charged a Baltimore County man with illegally dredging and filling in tidal wetlands along Arundel on the Bay Road near Annapolis, officials said yesterday.

C. Richard Edgar Benson, 36, is charged with one misdemeanor count of performing construction without a sediment control plan and two misdemeanor counts of conducting unauthorized activities on tidal wetlands. If found guilty of all three counts, Benson could face a year in prison and fines totaling up to $30,000. His initial court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

Pam Jordan, spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County land-use department, said Benson was planning to build homes on the 8,000-square-foot parcel. She said he is accused of beginning to dredge in October without a permit.

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