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DIGEST

July 20, 2008

Road work to cause delays on Route 543

The State Highway Administration is doing roadwork maintenance and patching along nine miles of Route 543 (Ady Road) between Business U.S. 1 and Route 165 (Pylesville Road) through mid-August, weather permitting.

Single-lane closures and flagging operations will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.

Motorists should plan an alternative route if possible or allow extra travel time.

Information: 800-962-3077.

Route 24 section set for construction

The State Highway Administration will temporarily close Route 23 between Business U.S. 1 and Route 24 tomorrow or soon after for construction of a new roundabout and other work by a private developer.

The developer will build the roundabout along Route 23 and a new connector road to Commerce Drive at the Forest Hill Business Air Park.

The work is expected to last three weeks, weather permitting. Route 23 and the new roundabout are scheduled to open on or about Aug. 18.

After the roundabout opens, single-lane closures may occur during off-peak hours through September.

SHA will post signs for these detour routes:

*Eastbound Route 23 motorists will be detoured to eastbound Route 24 to northbound Route 1 Bel Air Bypass, back to Business U.S. 1 or the Hickory Bypass, back to Route 23.

*Motorists coming from Hickory Hill needing to travel on westbound Route 23 will be detoured from Business U.S. 1 or Hickory Bypass onto southbound U.S. Bel Air Bypass to westbound Route 24 and back to Route 23.

Information: 800-962-3077.

County to celebrate Disabilities Act

The Harford County Department of Community Services Commission on Disabilities will mark the 18th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act at its meeting at 5 p.m. July 28 at the historic Bel Air Colored High School.

Signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability.

The U.S. Census Bureau's 2006 American Community Survey estimates that 12.1 percent of Harford County residents 5 or older have a disability.

The survey also found that 46.1 percent of individuals with disabilities ages 16 to 64 are employed.

"The ADA guarantees protection under the law, but the Commission on Disabilities recognizes that attitudes are changed by education and information," said Commission Chairperson Debbie Braam.

County Executive David R. Craig will issue a proclamation recognizing the anniversary of the ADA and encourage citizens of Harford County to "join me in renewing our commitment to equality of access and opportunity for all people."

The Commission on Disabilities meets at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the historic Bel Air Colored High School, 205 Hays St.

Information: 410-638-3373 or www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/disabil ities.

Helping parents find reliable child care

Parents looking for child care in Harford or Cecil counties can call LOCATE: Child Care of Harford and Cecil Counties for free help.

The database and counseling service assists parents by identifying child care that is best suited to the parents' needs, preferences and ability to pay.

The program also helps families find programs they may qualify for, such as subsidized health care and child care and tax credits.

LOCATE provides assistance in finding state-licensed child care, preschools and school-age programs in both counties.

The group can be reached from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays at 888-244-5383.

Road work to close part of Cedar Lane

The Harford County Department of Public Works has announced that Cedar Lane, from Route 136 to Wheel Road, will be closed to through traffic for approximately four months for road improvements, effective Wednesday.

The affected area is from Route 136 approximately 2,000 feet west of the intersection.

Motorists who travel this area on a regular basis should make an alternative route.

However, school buses will be allowed through the area if necessary.

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