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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
State transportation officials have a word of advice for commuters and beachgoers who usually include the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel in their travel plans: Don't. Rush-hour and weekend delays of up to an hour are expected beginning June 20 as construction crews replace the concrete decking on the four-lane bridge just south of the Interstate 895 tunnel toll plaza that carries traffic over the CSX train tracks. "There will be eight weeks of continuous lane closures," said Cheryl Sparks of the Maryland Transportation Authority.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
The installation of steel beams across Interstate 83 for a new bridge in Baltimore County will close portions of the highway both tonight and tomorrow night, according to the State Highway Administration. The work is part of a $5.4 million project to replace the bridge carrying Middletown Road over the interstate in Parkton. Tonight, contractors will close the left lane of southbound I-83 at 7 p.m., and both lanes at 10 p.m. Traffic will be detoured onto Middletown Road then back onto I-83.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
The most disruptive phase of the project to rebuild the bridge south of the Harbor Tunnel toll plaza is expected to begin Saturday and continue for two weeks. The four-lane Interstate 895 bridge will be narrowed to one lane in each direction as crews repair the steel structure and replace the concrete surface. Maryland Transportation Authority officials are asking motorists to use alternate routes, especially during rush hours, to avoid traffic snarls. A state traffic analysis predicted that backups could stretch up to four miles at times during the two-week period.
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October 6, 2013
Officials at the Baltimore City Department of Transportation say a portion of Pratt Street will close nightly this week for the demolition of a pedestrian bridge. Beginning on Monday evening, Pratt will be closed to through traffic between Howard and Charles streets from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Thursday, Oct. 10, weather permitting. Officials said detour signs will be posted, and will guide drivers onto Baltimore Street as an alternate route. Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Evening Sun Staff | 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)
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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.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | 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.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | 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)
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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.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
The installation of steel beams across Interstate 83 for a new bridge in Baltimore County will close portions of the highway both tonight and tomorrow night, according to the State Highway Administration. The work is part of a $5.4 million project to replace the bridge carrying Middletown Road over the interstate in Parkton. Tonight, contractors will close the left lane of southbound I-83 at 7 p.m., and both lanes at 10 p.m. Traffic will be detoured onto Middletown Road then back onto I-83.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
As one highway ramp in Brooklyn reopens, another is set to close. A ramp designed to carry South Baltimore traffic onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 895 that has been closed for nearly six months is set to reopen on Saturday, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. A week later, a ramp carrying southbound I-895 traffic into the same part of the city - near Potee Street and Patapsco Avenue, in Brooklyn - will close, at least for several months. Both moves are the result of an ongoing, $12.6 million state transportation project to replace the decks of the bridges that carry I-895 over Patapsco Avenue and Potee and Hanover streets, the MdTA said.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
Flush with transportation money from a recent increase in the state's gas tax, Gov. Martin O'Malley will visit the Eastern Shore Friday to announce more than $150 million in road projects in that region -- including the long-sought replacement of  the Dover Bridge on the Choptank River. During an appearance at the bridge, the governor will also roll out road projects that include a $52 million new interchange at U.S. 301 and Route 304 at Centreville in Queen Anne's County and $42 million for the next phase of the widening of Route 404 -- the primary road for Marylanders heading to the Delaware beaches.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
Gary Gakenheimer lives in the Chestnut Hill Cove neighborhood on one side of the Stoney Creek Bridge in northern Pasadena. On the other side of the bridge: his barber, his grocery store, several fast-food restaurants. For five weeks starting Monday, Gakenheimer and his neighbors will be cut off from those businesses, churches and friends who live on the other side of Stoney Creek. The State Highway Administration is shutting down the bridge for a $1.8 million renovation and repair project.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
The gas tax increase Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law Thursday will pay for weekend MARC service between Baltimore and D.C., roads and bridges throughout the state and construction on the Red and Purple lines to begin as soon as 2015. The first phase of the tax increase - 4 cents per gallon - will arrive in July, but officials already decided how to spend an $1.2 billion it will generate over the next six years. The tax is expected to increase at least three more times until July 2016, bringing the total tax increase to as much as 19.5 cents per gallon, according to state estimates released Thursday.  Here is the list of 10 projects officials announced immediately after the gas tax bill was signed:  $100 million to add weekend service to the MARC Penn line beginning this winter, two more round-trips on the Camden line during the week by next spring and new locomotives this summer.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
Hurricane Sandy's pending arrival forced the State Highway Administration to postpone this weekend's attempt to replace one of two spans over the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at West Nursery Road. The $6 million project calls for swapping out two 60-year-old bridges that carry traffic to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and its business district with two new spans that were built in the highway median. A massive multiwheel transporter has been assembled for the heavy lifting.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2012
A construction mishap led Saturday to prolonged closures of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and the West Nursery Road business corridor near BWI, but state officials said the roads should reopen by rush hour Monday morning. The problem occurred as crews were carrying out a bridge replacement procedure that was being used for the first time in Maryland. To replace the two spans of the West Nursery Road overpass, they planned to wheel away the old bridges — built in 1948 — and roll new ones in. But they had to halt their work about 12:45 a.m. because the existing bridge deck shifted while they attempted to remove it, according to Valerie Burnette Edgar, spokeswoman for the State Highway Administration.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | June 17, 1996
In its 166 years, the Valley Inn has made it from the horse- and-buggy days to the computer era. Now the popular Brooklandville restaurant and bar may be facing its toughest challenge: The Beltway widening project.Tomorrow, the 370-foot-long Falls Road bridge that crosses Interstate 695 -- and is the main drag to the historic inn -- will close for eight months to make way for a 402-foot replacement.As State Highway Administration engineers chip away at the old expanse, the inn's famed mint juleps will be made while steaks and seafood sizzle under the broiler.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2001
The Bush administration rejected yesterday Maryland's request that a pro-union labor agreement be required for construction of the Woodrow Wilson bridge project. The decision leaves Gov. Parris N. Glendening with a choice of ending his push for a "project labor agreement," or PLA, or pursuing a legal challenge that could lead to months of construction delays. "We're reviewing what the impact of the [Bush administration's] decision will be," a spokesman for Glendening said late yesterday.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
The most disruptive phase of the project to rebuild the bridge south of the Harbor Tunnel toll plaza is expected to begin Saturday and continue for two weeks. The four-lane Interstate 895 bridge will be narrowed to one lane in each direction as crews repair the steel structure and replace the concrete surface. Maryland Transportation Authority officials are asking motorists to use alternate routes, especially during rush hours, to avoid traffic snarls. A state traffic analysis predicted that backups could stretch up to four miles at times during the two-week period.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
State transportation officials have a word of advice for commuters and beachgoers who usually include the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel in their travel plans: Don't. Rush-hour and weekend delays of up to an hour are expected beginning June 20 as construction crews replace the concrete decking on the four-lane bridge just south of the Interstate 895 tunnel toll plaza that carries traffic over the CSX train tracks. "There will be eight weeks of continuous lane closures," said Cheryl Sparks of the Maryland Transportation Authority.
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