July 11, 1994
If this were a perfect world, a Route 140 bypass would not be needed. But we don't live in such a world. The reality is that Carroll County's road system is inadequate for the current volume of traffic let alone the expected growth in population.The number of registered vehicles in Carroll jumped by 141 percent from 1980 to 1992, at twice the rate for the region and behind only Howard County in the rate of growth. (Carroll had 48,000 registered vehicles in 1980; 116,000 in 1992.)People opposed to any of the possible bypass routes are staking out a position that is equivalent to sticking their heads in the sand.
September 19, 2013
The usefulness of student assessment testing as a gauge of school progress has been debated for years. The argument in favor is that the tests are a tool to evaluate schools and teachers because the tests are tailored to what is being taught in the classroom - the curriculum. But what if the tests do not match the curriculum? The fundamental purpose of the tests would then be gone - test questions would not correspond to class lessons. Would it serve any purpose to give the test anyway?
October 17, 1990
HAMPSTEAD - Although financing for the long-delayed Route 30 bypass here has been dropped indefinitely, the town manager this week urged politicians to lobby state legislators hard for the project.Manager John A. Riley, speaking during a regular Town Council meeting Monday, urged councilmen and the mayor to lobby state officials until they restore financing for the proposed bypass. The project was to be built by 1992 but has since fallen victim to budget-cutting in Annapolis."Get ahold of your representatives and beat on them," Riley said.
By Matthew Hay Brown and Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
Heavy rains caused a wastewater treatment plant at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground to release some 250,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into the Bush River on Tuesday, base officials said. Nearly 4 inches of rainfall within 24 hours sent the sewage from secondary clarifier tanks into a chlorine contact chamber and on to the river in Harford County, base spokesman Kelly Luster said. The Bush River, which separates the Edgewood Area from the rest of the Army base, flows into the Chesapeake Bay. It was the largest spill into the river this year, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment database.
September 15, 1993
It seems that a meeting between Carroll's elected officials and Maryland's transportation secretary has moved the Manchester-Hampstead bypass off the state's back burner.It's about time. Traffic congestion on Route 30 in these two northwestern Carroll towns has reached intolerable levels for area motorists as well as for the residents of Hampstead and Manchester. It can take as long as 15 minutes to pass through each of these towns during morning and evening rush hours, and town residents cross the street or turn left against oncoming traffic with great trepidation.
By Staff writer and Staff writer,Staff writer | December 16, 1990
MANCHESTER - A five-mile stretch of roadway that may never be built was, just a few months ago, beginning to tear this community apart.Dozens of people wrote scathing letters to officials, hundreds crammed into public meetings and still more signed petitions calling for a change in the proposed Route 30 bypass.It was, in the words of former Mayor Elmer C. Lippy Jr., a piece of roadway that nobody has ever wanted. And residents were beginning to prove that with a vengeance.What a difference six months, a few canceled meetings and dried-up state resources can make.
By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer | May 25, 1995
Opponents of the proposed Westminster bypass are considering a boycott of area businesses that oppose an alternate plan to upgrade the existing highway.Carroll Life, a citizens group that says it has about 100 members, has been fighting a proposal to build a Route 140 bypass north of Westminster, where many of them live. The group circulated fliers last week suggesting the boycott.The flier "was in direct response to the letter the Greater Westminster Development Corp. and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce sent out to local businesses," said Carroll Life member Paula J. Davidson.
By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | November 16, 1993
The Hampstead bypass is one of six major highway projects in Maryland that will be getting money for engineering work but not construction, a state highway official said yesterday.No money is budgeted for construction on any of those projects, said Neil Pedersen, director of planning for the State Highway Administration.Mr. Pedersen and other state transportation officials met with the county commissioners and local officials at the County Office Building yesterday.Carroll officials have pushed for about 30 years for a bypass that would alleviate truck and rush-hour traffic through Hampstead.
January 31, 1995
For the beleaguered residents of Manchester and commuters who navigate to and from work on Route 30, it is welcome news that Gov. Parris Glendening has included $1 million to begin engineering studies for a Route 30 bypass. The bad news: Actual construction may not begin until the next century.By including the bypass in his budget, Mr. Glendening is putting this long-delayed project back onto the list of priority highway projects. Del. Richard N. Dixon, a Democrat who chairs the House capital budget subcommittee, deserves much of the credit for accomplishing what had been considered the impossible.
By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer | December 30, 1993
The controversial proposal to bypass Old Stage Road and Thelma Avenue, linking Stewart Avenue with points east in Glen Burnie, will be missing from the county administration's recommended road projects in the coming fiscal year.Plans for the $3.1 million bypass were drawn up more than 20 years ago. But community disputes over whether and how to build the bypass repeatedly shoved it further down the construction list, until this year, when it didn't make the list at all."Until the local community can resolve it, the county executive is inclined to do nothing about it," said Louise Hayman, spokeswoman for County Executive Robert R. Neall.
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 29, 2013
Traffic was backed up on Bel Air Bypass Tuesday night because of a single-car accident, Maryland State Police said. The accident was on the bypass south of the overpass between Vale and Rock Spring roads. Around 9 p.m., the backup extended nearly to Mountain Road in Fallston. The state police duty officer said he didn't believe anyone was injured in the crash, but the vehicle was down in a ditch and had to be pulled out. No further details were available.
June 20, 2012
The Obama administration's use of an executive order to make immigration policy is disturbing ("Md. Democrats support Obama immigration plan," June 15). President Obama uses executive order for just about everything he wants to do. He doesn't seem to consult Congress or the American people of both parties before he takes action to pass a law, be it in foreign policy, local economic policy or national security issues like our borders. When our leaders ignore our Congress, our Constitution and our citizens input into our domestic and foreign affairs, we no longer have a republican form of democracy.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposed increase to the city's tax on bottle beverages is expected to move forward Monday after being corked up for months by a City Council committee. Council members, led by Council Vice President Edward Reisinger, plan to resort to a rarely employed legislative maneuver to bypass the committee and hold a vote on the measure, which is the centerpiece of the mayor's school construction funding package. "There's nothing in the city that's more important than our young people," said Councilman Brandon Scott, who intends to vote for the tax. "I can't kick the can down the road for school construction like it's been done for my entire life.
October 6, 2011
It's been something of a puzzlement as to why there wasn't a barrier to divide traffic going in either direction on the Bel Air Bypass even before the November 2008 collision that took the life of a mother and her 8-year-old son. It would have made a lot of sense to have put a barrier in place years ago when the Hickory Bypass was tacked onto the northern end of the Bel Air Bypass. At that time, and even after the 2008 tragedy, word from the state was there wasn't enough room for such a barrier.
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2011
National independent political groups that played a significant role in last year's midterm elections are beginning to engage again in competitive House districts in Illinois, Florida and other states, though so far they've pulled their punches in what could be Maryland's most closely watched race in 2012. The 1st Congressional District was a high-profile battleground in the past two elections — Democrats captured it in 2008, and Republicans won it back in 2010. But political analysts say uncertainty over the state's redistricting process along with incumbent Rep. Andy Harris' double-digit win last year may be giving some national Democratic groups pause.
By Jeff Shain | June 9, 2011
In more audacious days, Tiger Woods famously defied his doctors. "I'm playing in the U.S. Open," Woods said three years ago, dismissing any suggestion that he give his tattered left knee a proper rest. "And I'm going to win. " And so he did, sprinkling enough fabulous shots through five agonizing days at Torrey Pines to take Rocco Mediate to a playoff and then prevail in 19 holes. It remains the most recent of his 14 major crowns — and arguably his most extraordinary. Compare that to Tuesday's words as Woods took himself out of next week's Open at Congressional.
March 5, 2003
The Carroll commissioners deleted yesterday the long-proposed Westminster bypass from the county's master plan for growth, effectively ending any hope that the road, an idea dating to the 1960s, will ever be built. The commissioners had been setting aside land for a bypass around the city for several decades. Saying the road would promote sprawl, Gov. Parris N. Glendening scrapped funding for the project, with a Manchester bypass, five years ago. At the request of several landowners, the county planning commission then recommended deleting much of the property set aside for the bypass from the county's plan for future growth.
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2004
Construction of the $70 million Hampstead bypass, a 4 1/2 - mile road that has been nearly 40 years in the planning, will begin in the fall of next year, state transportation officials said yesterday. "We are going to fund it," Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan said to a round of applause and cheers in a meeting with the county delegation and town officials. "This is a great day for Hampstead. The bypass is on its way." Traffic on Route 30, a state highway that becomes Main Street in Hampstead, made Flanagan a bit late for the meeting.
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2011
Google Inc. awarded an experimental, ultra-high-speed network to Kansas City, Kan., on Wednesday, bypassing more than 1,100 other communities, including Baltimore, that applied for the pilot project in a kind of high-technology lottery. Last February, Google said it would choose a community in which to design and build a new fiber-optic network that would connect thousands of homes to the Internet. But not all hope is lost for Baltimore and other cities. Google officials indicated that Kansas City could be the first of several communities to receive Google Fiber.
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2010
It seems that for every good route to bypass the mid-Atlantic region's worst traffic bottlenecks, there's a better one. At least, that's what Getting There readers tell me as the Thanksgiving holiday weekend looms. Last week, I suggested strategies to avoid some of the worst traffic on the busiest travel days of the year – especially Wednesday and Sunday. At the time, readers were asked to contribute their refinements to these suggestions, and they responded generously with advice – though some weren't as generous with their names.
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