November 26, 2012
Two people were killed and others were injured in a car accident at the Curtis Creek drawbridge that closed all lanes of eastbound Interstate 695 in Baltimore late Sunday night, according to the Baltimore Fire Department. Rescue personnel were dispatched to the outer loop bridge at 10:01 p.m. and found at least five victims, a dispatcher said. A Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokesman said 21-year-old Victoria DeAngelo of Dundalk entered the outer loop of 695 near exit 1 driving in the wrong direction Sunday night around 10. She then crashed into an SUV. DeAngelo and a 3-year-old in the SUV, Lily Kelley, died.
November 26, 1995
IF YOU HAVE occasion to use the Washington beltway -- especially the southern portion where it crosses the Potomac River to Alexandria, Va., you're about to be taken for a very expensive ride that will make commutes worse, not better.Officials from Virginia and the District of Columbia pulled a dirty trick on commuters and frequent beltway travelers. While voting to replace the deteriorating Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the regional panel endorsed a traffic-stopping drawbridge and likely will require cars to stop and pay a toll.
March 23, 1992
Community activists fighting the replacement of the Severn River Bridge with an 80-foot-high span have blanketed downtown Annapolis with fliers urging residents to rally on the crumbling drawbridge March 29.Citizens for a Severn Scenic River Bridge have organized a protest for 2 p.m., starting at the now-defunct Spinnakers restaurant on the north end of the drawbridge.
May 31, 1991
A Federal Highway Administration official says the state will lose $32 million in federal aid if it redesigns a replacement bridge acrossthe lower Severn River to suit residents who want a new drawbridge.The FHA has agreed to finance 80 percent of a $40 million bridge with which the state plans to replace the Route 450 drawbridge."If not constructed as presently designed, these discretionary funds will be returned (to the federal government)," said Porter Barrows administrator of FHA's Maryland Division.
September 23, 1994
Just in time for a change in the seasons, the 70-year-old drawbridge over the Severn River has been replaced by a spanking new 80-foot-high arch of steel and concrete. Now open for traffic, the new $34 million span will offer a scenic approach to the U.S. Naval Academy and the state capital from Route 2.We have made no bones about our affection for the former drawbridge. On bright spring and autumn days in particular, it had something of a magic quality to motorists traversing the narrow stretch.
August 8, 1992
Margaret A. Downs, who lived in East Baltimore for many years, died Thursday of cardiac arrest at the Salisbury Nursing Home.Graveside services for Mrs. Downs, who was 84 and moved to Salisbury in 1985, are at 12:45 this afternoon at the Oak Lawn Cemetery, 7225 Eastern Ave.The former Margaret A. Wittmer was a native of Baltimore. Her husband, John Murray Downs, who retired as operator of the Hanover Street drawbridge, died in 1970.She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Sewell of Salisbury, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.