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By Michael Dresser and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 14, 2010
Maryland's highway chief says the speed cameras deployed in work zones around the state aren't generating enough fines to cover their operating costs. And he couldn't be more delighted. "It is worth our having to come up with additional money to cover the costs," State Highway Administrator Neil J. Pedersen said Wednesday at a news conference to promote safe driving in work zones. Since the camera program began last fall, Pedersen said, his employees and contractors have noticed a decrease in the number of vehicles going more than 10 mph over the speed limit in work zones.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
A 23-year-old Halethorpe man was stabbed outside a Brooklyn Park 7-Eleven store early Sunday morning, Anne Arundel County police said Monday. Police said the victim got into a fight with the suspect inside the convenience store on Ritchie Highway, shortly before 2:30 a.m. The fight became physical outside the store and the suspect stabbed the victim. The victim told police the suspect then fled toward Church Street with a white male and white female. The victim sustained a minor stab wound to the upper part of his body, as well as a laceration to an extremity, and was treated at Harbor Hospital.
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September 13, 2010
Baltimore's demolition of the western end of the infamous "Highway to Nowhere" is a major step forward for the surrounding communities, but also marks the demise of a cautionary relic of Baltimore history ("The 'Highway to Nowhere' is now headed for the dump," Sept. 11). The road is an eerie and tragic sight to behold. Standing at the expressway's end is like glimpsing into a version of the future that never arrived. Six lanes that abruptly halt in mid-air, complete with exit signs and streetlights hanging above roadways that have never carried traffic.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
The roadside root beer stand's orange contours memorialize this venerated shrine to a different era. Its fans make pilgrimages to this Stewart's franchise on Pulaski Highway, a truck-battered stretch of U.S. 40 in eastern Baltimore County, to recall the food experiences of their youth. This is the place where it seemed a little cooler in the days before broiling city neighborhoods such as Highlandtown or Canton had air conditioning. Suburban Rosedale was the summer destination when the sun was bright, the humidity was high and school was a distant notion.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2011
Fifty-six fewer people died in motor vehicle accidents in Maryland last year than in 2009, a decline of 10 percent, according to figures released Thursday by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Nationally, highway deaths dropped to 32,885 for the year, a 2.9 percent decrease and the lowest level since 1949. Maryland has seen a decline in each of the last four years. Last year's total of 493 deaths marks the first time in decades that the number has dropped below 500. More air bags, better anti-rollover technology, improved road signage and safe driving campaigns have combined to make highways safer, said Christine Delise, spokeswoman for Towson-based AAA Mid-Atlantic.
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December 5, 2009
NEW YORK - Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and his wife escaped injury in a three-car accident on a New York City highway that killed one woman and injured a mail truck driver Friday. The accident happened about 1 p.m. as Brokaw was driving in the left lane of the northbound Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx. The Brokaws said they noticed a spool of cable bouncing in the far right lane, which caused the driver of the green SUV to lose control as she tried to avoid it. The Brokaws said the SUV slid into the middle lane, forcing a mail truck into the couple's lane.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2011
Gina Teresa Griffin, 51, was killed while riding a scooter on Interstate 95 late Thursday night, Maryland State Police said Saturday. Few details are available about the incident and the investigation continues, said Sgt. Jeff Kirschner, a State Police spokesman. According to police, a Honda Accord and a scooter with two riders were involved in a crash at 11:53 p.m. on the southbound side of the highway near the Baltimore Beltway interchange. The second person on the scooter, Victor Angelo Huntley, 47, is in critical but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
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May 11, 1995
It's hard to believe today, but when Ritchie Highway was constructed some 60 years ago, only one blinking "control light" slowed a motorist traveling from Glen Burnie to the Severn River.One of the first stretches of that Depression-era dual-lane highway was constructed in Brooklyn Park, which was also the location of some of the area's earliest strip shopping centers. zTC Even today, Brooklyn Park's stretch of Ritchie retains a 1950s time-capsule atmosphere.Perhaps not much longer, though.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writer | February 13, 1994
Wanda lifts a swollen hand to her face, scratches her nose and tells the eternal lie about quitting the heroin habit.Her eyelids are at half-mast, and her voice is the low grumble of the junkie as she talks about life on the street in the white glow of the Marylander Motel sign on Pulaski Highway."
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December 17, 2002
A female pedestrian was killed last night after she was struck by a truck while attempting to cross Pulaski Highway in White Marsh, Baltimore County police reported. The victim - whose name was not immediately released - was struck about 10 p.m. in the 11000 block of Pulaski near the Williamsburg Inn. She was pronounced dead at Franklin Square Hospital Center, police said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Nearly three-quarters of a million Marylanders are expected to hit the roads and airways this Labor Day weekend even as the state struggles with congestion at its largest airport, on its most-traveled highway and around some of its largest tourist attractions. About 728,000 people in the state are expected to travel 50 miles or more between Thursday and Monday, the third-highest number on record for Labor Day in Maryland, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, which is set to release its predictions Tuesday.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A contracted highway worker for the State Highway Administration died Thursday evening after being struck by a vehicle in a work zone in St. Michaels, according to the SHA and Maryland State Police. John Kenneth Shahan, 40, of Denton, was controlling traffic near the intersection of Saint Michaels and Deep Water Point roads about 1:40 p.m. when he was struck by a 2005 Chrysler Sebring convertible, police said. Shahan was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with serious injuries, and died there Sunday evening, police said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Investigators have ruled out foul play in the death of a 38-year-old New Jersey man found dead in an Ocean City hotel early Saturday morning, police said. Jorge Troca, of Lyndhurst, N.J., was found unconscious and unresponsive in a hotel in the 4700 block of Coastal Highway at about 3 a.m., police said. Ocean City police and fire personnel treated him on the scene and took him to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 45 minutes later. Officials have not released a cause of death, pending the results of an autopsy performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland on Sunday.
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Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 13, 2014
A day after heavy rains dumped more than 10 inches in parts of northern Anne Arundel County, State Highway Administration crews were still addressing weather-related road problems on Wednesday, including a roadway section in Pasadena that had washed away. Highway officials said a section of Waterford Road between Catherine Avenue and Old Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard would be closed at least until Thursday evening as crews work to rebuild it. Officials said engineers who inspected a culvert in the area after the storm found that soil under bridge abutments had washed away, creating a washout area about 15 feet deep, 10 feet wide and 24 feet long.
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August 4, 2014
Anne Arundel County Police say Ritchie Highway will be closed in both directions at 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie until about 8 p.m. The closure, police say, is due to emergency repair work after a boom truck struck and knocked down wires in the area this morning just after 9 a.m. Police said delays have already been reported and will continue into rush hour. Currently, police said, Crain Highway is an alternate route, but police are urging citizens to avoid the area if possible. - Staff Reports
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July 31, 2014
In regard to the commentary by Brian Dolan ( "Get riled up over roadways," July 14), I am in a similar position to Mr. Dolan of the Maryland Asphalt Association, as I work for the Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association. I, of course, disagree with Mr. Dolan's recent comments disparaging concrete paving. As another reader commented, we should be allowing our transportation departments to design, build and maintain our roadways using real-life cycle cost analysis tools and competitive bidding systems that are readily available.
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February 15, 1994
In a lengthy article in last Sunday's Sun, staff writer Joe Nawrozki described the descent of Pulaski Highway, particularly around the Baltimore city-county line. In a scene resembling "a Third World country," one police official said, 80 to 100 prostitutes work a five-mile stretch of the road that's chock-a-block with no-tell motels. The hookers rounded up on Pulaski by police in recent months have included a grandmother, a mother-daughter team and a woman who was seven months pregnant; the johns have included locals, long-distance travelers and even a minister who told police he was just trying to spread the word of the Lord.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
The State Highway Administration will spend nearly $15 million in the next six years to expand overnight patrols and increase the number of traffic cameras operating along major highways across the state. The changes will enable quicker assistance to drivers who become stranded or are involved in accidents, decreasing the impact on traffic, SHA Administrator Melinda Peters said Tuesday. "What we found is, if we can clear an overnight incident prior to rush hour, it makes a huge difference for people commuting," Peters said.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
Congress returns to work Monday facing a tight deadline to fund highway and road projects across the country, an election-year scramble that has injected uncertainty into state and local construction plans at the start of the summer driving season. Lawmakers have until Aug. 1 to broker an agreement on the dwindling federal highway trust fund - which paid for $37.4 billion in road projects last year - or risk delaying payments to states. The fund is expected to run out of money at the end of August.
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