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.
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.
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.
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. Even today, Brooklyn Park's stretch of Ritchie retains a 1950s time-capsule atmosphere.Perhaps not much longer, though.The north wing of the fortysomething Ritchie Highway Shopping Center got a much-needed make-over a year ago, giving it an inviting, modern appearance.
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."
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.