Digest

November 28, 2007

Army-Navy game expected to bring traffic woes to city

Traffic along Interstate 95 and the approaches to downtown Baltimore is expected to be heavy Saturday morning as some 71,000 spectators converge on M&T Bank Stadium for the annual Army-Navy football game, the Maryland Transportation Authority warned yesterday.

The authority, which operates the nearby Fort McHenry Tunnel and parts of I-95, urged motorists to travel early or seek alternate routes to avoid backups.

Kickoff is at 12:20 p.m., but the authority warned that traffic on I-95 and I-395 in Baltimore will likely be heaviest in the three hours before game time. Stadium parking lots open at 7 a.m.

The I-95 traffic woes could be compounded by a construction project that has narrowed the lanes on Russell Street on the way into downtown. The city Transportation Department will also close Camden Street between Paca and Howard streets at 8 a.m. At the same time, the city will also close the right lanes of other streets, including:

Northbound Light Street between Key Highway and Conway Street.

Northbound Warner Street between Bayard and Ostend streets.

Southbound Greene and Russell streets between Lombard and Lee streets.

The authority suggested that travelers whose destination is north or south of downtown Baltimore consider taking Interstate 895 (the Harbor Tunnel Thruway) or the eastern segment of Interstate 695, including the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Michael Dresser

Anne Arundel

: Courts

Woman sentenced for theft scheme

An Odenton woman has been sentenced to six months in jail for stealing nearly $400,000 in an insurance scheme, the Maryland attorney general's office said yesterday.

Deana Green, 34, falsely advertised herself as an authorized producer of title insurance in hopes of buying a house and used those false documents to obtain a $391,950 loan from U.S. Money Source Inc., said Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office. The suspicious home seller contacted the Maryland Insurance Administration.

Felony insurance fraud is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge William C. Mulford II sentenced Green on Monday to five years in jail with all but six months suspended. She will be eligible for work release or home detention. She must also pay restitution, but Mulford has not yet decided how much.

Baltimore

: Charity

Mitten tree to go up tomorrow

Baltimore's annual mitten tree campaign will be launched at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in the lobby of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 Holliday St., with music by public works and transportation employees.

At noon, the first mittens will decorate the tree. Residents and city employees are encouraged to load the tree with mittens, gloves, hats and scarves through Dec. 21. Donations will be distributed by the Salvation Army to needy children.

Donations can be mailed to Baltimore Department of Public Works, Office of the Director, 600 Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. Information: 410-545-6541.

Lane closures

Months of repairs set for Loch Raven Blvd.

Most lanes of Loch Raven Boulevard from Gorsuch Avenue to The Alameda will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting today and lasting for the next 120 days. The Baltimore Department of Transportation said workers will be doing road repairs, fixing damaged storm drains, curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

One lane will remain open throughout the project, and all lanes will be open during evening rush hour. Motorists are being encouraged to seek alternate routes and to "pay strict attention to parking restrictions" in the construction area, the Transportation Department says.

Downtown

Installation stalled for Russell St. sign

Installation of an overhead sign at the Russell Street ramp to southbound I-95 - originally scheduled for this week - has been postponed, according to city Department of Transportation.

The project will be rescheduled when the contractor assigned to the installation finishes work now under way for the state, said David Brown, a spokesman for the Transportation Department.

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