March 8, 1991
One of the state's largest construction companies has been fined $140,330 by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Office for willfully exposing workers to dangerous levels of lead on a bridge repair project in Baltimore County.Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. was cited by MOSH for 20 violations of regulations dealing with health in the workplace while repairing the Paper Mill Road bridge over the city's Loch Raven Reservoir.At least a half-dozen employees working on the bridge last October were exposed to dangerous levels of lead, and three were seriously poisoned, said Marvin Shiflett, business manager for Iron Workers Local 16 (AFL-CIO)
February 20, 2001
NO ONE SHOULD be shocked that President Bush has effectively quashed the attempt by Maryland Democrats to impose pro-union work rules on the $2.2 billion Woodrow Wilson replacement bridge across the Potomac River. George W. Bush is, after all, a conservative Republican. He views such "project labor agreements" as tantamount to legalized extortion by unions -- they promise not to strike and are rewarded by government, which gives most of the work on the project to union workers. It's a bad bargain.
November 8, 2002
A Pennsylvania joint venture has bid almost $186 million to build a critical component of the new Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge - an offer that relieved Maryland transportation officials called an acceptable price to get the delayed project back on track. Unlike a round of bidding that drew one bid last year, yesterday's drew five proposals from joint ventures the centerpiece of the $2.4 billion project, the drawbridge and control tower. American Bridge Co., a union contractor based in Coraopolis, Pa., led the joint venture that submitted the lowest bid, giving it the opportunity to negotiate a contract with the State Highway Administration to perform the work.
August 4, 2003
OXON HILL - Like a lot of people, it seems, bald eagles enjoy watching construction work. Defying biologists' expectations, a pair of the threatened species has built a home here on the Maryland shore of the Potomac River, in the very midst of the construction of the new $2.5 billion Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The noise and commotion do not bother the birds. In fact, they seem to like it. The eagles spend their days watching hundreds of workers labor over the new bridge, thousands of cars and trucks zoom (or inch)
July 29, 2007
Ayear into Maryland's artificial reef-building program and, on the surface, there's nothing to show for it. That's the way it is with projects that are on the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. You can't see it, like bay grasses. Or hear it, like the new "smart" buoy at the mouth of the Patapsco River that passes along water quality measurements and history and cultural nuggets to your cell phone and home computer. Or smell it, like wildflower plantings in the Interstate 95 median. But MARI, as the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative is called, is making progress.
August 23, 2001
ORGANIZED labor's court victory regarding the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge could prove costly to Marylanders. The longer the unions fight the Bush administration, the longer it could take to build this $2.5 billion project. In the latest twist, a federal district judge threw out President Bush's executive order that had banned "project labor agreements" on the Wilson Bridge project. These accords impose union work rules and favor the hiring of union workers, in exchange for no-strike agreements.