350 opportunities for volunteers

HARFORD DIGEST

April 27, 2008

The Harford County Department of Community Services will observe National Volunteer Week today through Saturday as a way to inspire, recognize and encourage people to seek ways to help in their community.

Volunteers can make a social and economic impact on their community, as well as an educational one through working with students in the schools.

County residents interested in volunteering can contact the Department of Community Services for information on more than 350 volunteer opportunities available.

Information: 410-638-3389 or www.harfordcountymd.gov/vol unteer.

Watervale Road closure is planned

The county Department of Public Works plans to close Watervale Road, between Fallston and Vale roads, to all through traffic tomorrow for maintenance work.

The closure will be near Vale Road at a bridge undergoing maintenance. The project is expected to last two days.

Residents of Watervale Road will have access to their homes.

Detours will be posted for nonresident traffic, including emergency vehicles.

Information: 410-638-3279, ext. 2241.

Group to discuss I-95 lane options

The Friends of Harford will sponsor a meeting to discuss the express toll lanes and general purpose lanes on Interstate 95 between exits 22 and 27 proposed by the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Joppa library branch, 665 Towne Center Drive.

Melissa Williams, the authority's planning manager, will present three alternatives for I-95 and the various options for altering intersections.

The proposals include: no build (no change to existing lanes); general purpose lanes (adding one or two general purpose lanes in each direction); and express toll lanes (adding two express toll lanes in each direction up to Route 543, and one general purpose lane in each direction from Route 543 to Route 22).

If either build proposal is chosen, interchanges will have to be modified and the Park & Ride at I-95 and Route 152 will need to be relocated.

Residents, commuters, community organizations and others are urged to attend.

Those wishing to speak are asked to submit questions to comments@friendsofharford .com.

Improvements slated for U.S. 1

The State Highway Administration is improving more than four miles of U.S. 1 (Belair Road) from north of Mount Vista Road in Baltimore County to Route 152 (Mountain Road) in Harford County.

The $2.3 million project includes roadway grinding, repair and resurfacing; new sections of curb, gutter and sidewalk; storm drainage system improvements; tree work and landscaping; and sections of new guardrails, pavement markings and underground traffic detectors.

The project, beginning this month, is expected to be completed in the fall. During construction, daytime single lane closures may occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, and nighttime single lane closures from 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday to Thursday.

Motorists should plan for extra driving time along U.S. 1.

Information: 410-877-1588 or 800-962-3077.

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