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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun | October 14, 1991
If one road sign could be erected to alert Baltimore County motorists to future highway conditions, officials say, it would probably read: "Caution: Traffic will get worse."The county's new "Basic Services Traffic Report" identifies seven intersections where at least 85 percent of motorists must endure two red lights before getting through. They are classified as "F," or "failing."Seven county intersections were failing last year. Officials say several more intersections, while not failing, are close to that this year.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2012
When much of the region went dark during the June 29 derecho, the traffic signals at Howard County-owned intersections didn't miss a beat. Battery power kicked in, sparing police officers from the dangerous business of directing traffic and motorists at unmanned intersections from having to play a white-knuckle, vehicular version of dodge ball. "All of our battery backups worked," County Executive Ken Ulman said. "All the signals stayed on. In areas where the power was off for an extended time, generators took over.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | March 19, 1993
Tracie Hungerford is well aware of speeding cars on Whiskey Bottom Road. It's been a problem since she moved to North Laurel three years ago.But three weeks ago it got a whole lot worse as a driver hit a patch of ice, lost control of his car and slammed into a tree in her front yard."
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2011
Two lanes of northbound Interstate 95 have reopened in Harford County while crews clean up a tractor-trailer crash early Tuesday morning that injured one driver, according to Maryland State Police. The crash of two tractor-trailers was reported at about 2:30 a.m. about two miles north of the Churchville Road exit, state police said. One driver was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in serious but stable condition. I-95 was shut down at 3 a.m. Northbound drivers were directed onto Route 40 via exit 80 until about 8 a.m., police said.
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | May 30, 1997
Federal and Howard County traffic officials met in Elkridge yesterday to test the regraded railroad crossing where a MARC passenger train crashed into a tractor-trailer that became stuck last fall.Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board, CSX Corp. and the Howard County traffic department pulled another, similarly loaded tractor-trailer across the railroad tracks at Hanover Road near Elkridge.The road had been repaved and elevated to make it approximately the same height as the tracks.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1997
In an attempt to slow traffic in Columbia's Kings Contrivance village, county traffic engineers will install roundabouts, turn lanes and road striping on Shaker Drive in the next few months.At a village board meeting last week, county traffic engineers and Howard County Councilman Dennis R. Schrader -- a North Laurel Republican who has spearheaded the traffic-calming efforts -- presented a preliminary plan to board members and residents, said Diane Wilson, Schrader's assistant.The changes come after years of complaints from residents that drivers often exceed the area's speed limits of 25 and 30 mph, endangering pedestrians and other drivers, said Anne Dodd, village manager.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | December 15, 1992
Stevens Forest Elementary School PTA President Julie Cleveland describes the traffic conditions on Stevens Forest Road "a catastrophe waiting to happen" during busy crossing times before and after school.Ms. Cleveland says traffic conditions in front of the school that already posed dangers have been compounded by the new Broken Land Parkway, which links at a nearby interchange with Route 29."Now it's not only speeding, but the increased volume of traffic. It's horrible," she says.Howard County police and the county's traffic engineering division are evaluating how to improve safety for elementary school children and motorists at two points along Stevens Forest Road in Oakland Mills village.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Wrier | February 26, 1993
Three years after state-of-the-art speed humps were installed on Baltimore Avenue in North Laurel, residents say the county needn't have bothered."God forbid, one of my children should chase a ball," said Pat Flynn, a Baltimore Avenue resident. "We don't let them play out ** there unless we're there with them."It's a lack of respect for other people," she said. "There's no reason to speed through a residential neighborhood."Unlike speed bumps, which make contact with front and rear wheels separately, the speed humps are 3-inch-high, 12-foot-wide slabs on which all four wheels of a car rest at one time.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | August 17, 1993
The traffic roundabout, which only last year was unknown to Howard County, is becoming a favored way of dealing with a variety of traffic difficulties in east Columbia.County traffic engineers have decided to install two of the traffic circles on Old Montgomery Road, where the villages of Oakland Mills and Long Reach meet -- but for two completely different reasons.One roundabout, at Oakland Mills Road, is intended to speed up traffic. The other, at Tamar Drive, is intended to slow it down.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | February 23, 1993
Kings Contrivance village resident Richard Tucci sometimes has to scramble off Vollmerhausen Road to the sidewalk during his 6 a.m. runs to avoid speeding vehicles."
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By Kathy Hudson | May 28, 2011
One of these days it would be great if city and county would coordinate street repair. Traffic downtown has been snarled for months, and on Friday much of North Baltimore was in gridlock.   It took me 45 minutes to go from our house, near the corner of Cold Spring Lane and Roland Avenue, to Mount Washington Village.   Earlier in the day, when driving home from swimming laps at Meadowbrook , I had seen northbound Falls Road backed up from Lake Avenue almost to Northern Parkway.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Brent Jones | January 12, 2010
Maryland State Police were investigating a fatal hit-and-run incident Monday morning on the outer loop of Interstate 695 at Baltimore National Pike. Richardo Manchome, 29, of Amleht Court in Pikesville stopped about 10 a.m. on the shoulder of the Beltway when his Ford pickup broke down, according to police. As he was examining the engine, a car struck him, police said. He died at the scene. The car, reported to be a black Honda or Acura, exited onto U.S. 40 east. Police said the car sustained heavy front-end damage.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,Sun reporter | September 25, 2005
Community leaders in Northern Baltimore County have found that there isn't a meeting long enough to fully discuss all of the concerns about traffic and speeding along the rural roads in the area. After two town hall meetings with state and county traffic officials, the community groups have decided to break off into smaller "work groups" and begin talking with state and county traffic officials next month in smaller forums so that more of the problems can be discussed, said Del. A. Wade Kach.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2004
State lawmakers want to move the Interstate 95 tollgate near Perryville farther east - a shift that they said will make Cecil County more a part of Maryland and will be a boon to businesses in the county. Such a move would also be welcomed by residents of Harford County, said Del. Barry Glassman, a Republican and head of Harford County's Assembly delegation. He said "our young people are moving to Cecil County. We are becoming one big family." Del. David D. Rudolph, a Cecil County Democrat, said he is drafting a bill that would encourage the state to move the tollbooth closer to the Delaware line.
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | May 30, 1997
Federal and Howard County traffic officials met in Elkridge yesterday to test the regraded railroad crossing where a MARC passenger train crashed into a tractor-trailer that became stuck last fall.Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board, CSX Corp. and the Howard County traffic department pulled another, similarly loaded tractor-trailer across the railroad tracks at Hanover Road near Elkridge.The road had been repaved and elevated to make it approximately the same height as the tracks.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1997
In an attempt to slow traffic in Columbia's Kings Contrivance village, county traffic engineers will install roundabouts, turn lanes and road striping on Shaker Drive in the next few months.At a village board meeting last week, county traffic engineers and Howard County Councilman Dennis R. Schrader -- a North Laurel Republican who has spearheaded the traffic-calming efforts -- presented a preliminary plan to board members and residents, said Diane Wilson, Schrader's assistant.The changes come after years of complaints from residents that drivers often exceed the area's speed limits of 25 and 30 mph, endangering pedestrians and other drivers, said Anne Dodd, village manager.
NEWS
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writer | September 17, 1992
When 6-year-old Sam Hulett -- the son of Orioles infielder Tim Hulett -- was killed July 22, he became the third child in five years to be fatally struck while running from a Cockeysville playground into traffic on Greenside Drive.Now, two of the Huletts' neighbors are nearing victory in their bid to have the playground fenced.Debbie Smith and Jill Ball have found fence contractors willing to donate the labor and materials. The managers of Deertree Apartments, where the playground is, have approved the work.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,Sun reporter | September 25, 2005
Community leaders in Northern Baltimore County have found that there isn't a meeting long enough to fully discuss all of the concerns about traffic and speeding along the rural roads in the area. After two town hall meetings with state and county traffic officials, the community groups have decided to break off into smaller "work groups" and begin talking with state and county traffic officials next month in smaller forums so that more of the problems can be discussed, said Del. A. Wade Kach.
NEWS
February 24, 1997
WHAT IS IT ABOUT Gridlock Alley that keeps ticking people off?That narrow thoroughfare -- also known as the Smith Avenue bridge in Mount Washington -- used to be like the backwoods in its slow traffic pace as visitors moseyed in and out of the post office, church, ice rink and swim club on a strip of land in the Jones Falls.But since three upscale stores opened in an old mill there last year -- attracting health nuts, gardeners and caffeine addicts -- the place often resembles a parking lot as the trendy pilgrims wait to enter and exit.
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