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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2012
Traffic on the Bay and Key bridges will be temporarily stopped Wednesday afternoon as tugboats push a cargo ship carrying four massive cranes beneath the spans on the way to the port of Baltimore, the Maryland Transportation Authority said Monday. Coast Guard and state transportation officials were concerned that motorists would become distracted by the sight of the 14-story-tall cranes approaching the bridges and stop to gawk or cause an accident. The cranes stand 178 feet high.
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By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
As school assemblies go, this one was a winner. Austin Machin listened to a Blue Angels pilot speak for an hour at the Dundalk and Sollers Point high schools Friday, walked out and said, "I am at a loss for words about how awesome that was. " The 16-year-old wants to join the Navy SEALs right out of high school, and for him, the pilot was about as good a recruitment tool as he could imagine. Students from Dundalk and Sollers Point had dozens of predictable questions for Blue Angels pilot Lt. Mark Tedrow, who is in town for the Star-Spangled Spectacular, a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of what would become the national anthem.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2010
High-speed cruises could take off from the Inner Harbor as soon as Saturday, according to the head of the company that owns the vessels. Passengers will be whisked away on a 50-minute tour, heading past Fort McHenry and traveling at speeds up to 30 knots to the Key Bridge, said Steve Dutcher, vice president and general manager of Chicago-based Entertainment Cruises. Seadog Ventures Inc., a subsidiary of Entertainment Cruises, received final blessing from the city's spending board Wednesday to run the 120-passenger tours.
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August 19, 2014
May I remind Dan Rodricks that we already have a bridge crossing the gateway to Baltimore's Inner Harbor named the "Key Bridge. " An awful sight it is, and we don't need another ( "Baltimore's future 'Monday Night Football shot,'" Aug. 15). If the officials at City Hall had a priority list of 25 most-needed projects, this sight-seeing bridge should be listed as No. 25. Bernard Helinski, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2011
A West Baltimore man was sentenced to 50 years in prison by a Baltimore Circuit Court judge Friday, nearly three years after he threw his 3-year-old son, Turner Jordan Nelson, off the Key Bridge. Stephen Todd Nelson, 40, received the maximum sentence available after agreeing to plead guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse resulting in death. "I just cannot look away from the severity of this crime and the vulnerability of a 3-year-old child," Judge Charles J. Peters said.
NEWS
September 22, 1994
State officials today break ground on an $89.5 million construction project that will double the northern access to the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which carries Interstate 695 traffic across the Patapsco River.The Key Bridge is the least traveled route across Baltimore's harbor. The bridge handles one-fourth the traffic of most other parts of the Beltway. Its average daily load of 25,000 vehicles compares with more than 100,000 along most of I-695.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Sun Staff Writer | September 22, 1994
The last two-lane segment of the Beltway is about to become history.State officials today break ground on a $89.5 million construction project that will double the northern access to the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which carries I-695 traffic across the Patapsco River.The 17-year-old Key Bridge is the least traveled route across Baltimore's harbor. The bridge handles one-fourth the traffic of most other parts of the Beltway. Its average daily load of 25,000 vehicles compares with more than 100,000 along most of I-695.
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July 5, 1991
Maryland's newest attraction -- a $656,700 light show at the Key Bridge -- brightened the hazy evening sky for July Fourth boaters who took to the water yesterday, the day after transportation workers first flipped the switch.That much money for a light show may seem extravagant for a cash-poor state, but the idea for dressing up the bridge came a couple of years ago when the state was flush, Thomas E. Freburger, spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority, said.Nevertheless, the idea for decorative lighting on Interstate 695's outer harbor crossing was one the authority continued to pursue in recent tight-money years.
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By Michael Scarcella and Michael Scarcella,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2001
A Maryland Transportation Authority Police sobriety checkpoint set up late Saturday near the Key Bridge toll plaza stopped 597 drivers, six of whom were arrested. The effort - staged at the only point on the Baltimore Beltway where most vehicles ordinarily have to stop - was part of what transportation authority police said will be a continuing enforcement tactic against drunken driving at toll facilities it patrols. Six drivers, one of them a juvenile, were arrested during the four-hour operation, which ended at 3 a.m., according to Cpl. Gregory Prioleau, a police spokesman.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter | February 9, 2008
Relatives of the man whom authorities suspect of throwing his 3-year-old son from the Key Bridge on Sunday said in a statement that the incident has had a "truly devastating impact" on the families involved. "The Johnson family has lost one child, and our family has lost two," according to the faxed statement, signed, "The family of Stephen Nelson." Natisha Johnson is the boy's mother. The Sun confirmed yesterday through a family member of the suspect that the statement came from the Nelsons.
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By Nayana Davis and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
As of 8:08 a.m., both lanes of the inner loop of the Beltway at the Francis Scott Key Bridge have reopened following a four-vehicle crash. The crash was reported by state transportation officials at 6:20 a.m. An incident involving one vehicle has closed a northbound shoulder on MD-648 north at Interstate 97 in Anne Arundel County. A two-vehicle crash in Interstate 895 South at the O'Donnell Street ramp has shut down one southbound shoulder in the city. iduncan@baltsun.com twitter.com/iduncan
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
A car caught fire on the Francis Scott Key Bridge on Monday afternoon, briefly shutting all inner loop lanes carrying Interstate 695 over the Patapsco River in Baltimore. Tamory Winfield, a Maryland Transportation Authority spokesman, said the fire - which began around 6:30 p.m. - had been extinguished by about 7:15 p.m., and traffic was getting by despite the right lane remaining closed. The car that caught fire had been removed. The incident was the second of its kind in 24 hours for the MdTA.
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By Candy Thomson and Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
High winds and an overturned tractor trailer closed the eastbound and westbound spans of the Bay Bridge for several hours Wednesday afternoon. It reopened to passenger vehicles in both directions just after 6 p.m. The accident happened at about 2 p.m., when the westbound vehicle was struck by a gust of wind and forced against the guardrail. The passenger-side tires of both the trailer and cab were lifted from the pavement. The trailer was twisted like a piece of aluminum foil. The unidentified driver received minor injuries and was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis for treatment, officials said.
BUSINESS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
Each one weighs as much as 9,000 Tony Siragusas (the former Ravens defensive lineman) and at full extension rises as high as Baltimore's World Trade Center. Together, the port's four new cargo cranes are about to make a splash on the city's skyline. But first the gleaming white cranes, worth $40 million, must be rolled off the ship that brought them from China — without a splash. Coaxing them from the Zhen Hua 13 onto the dock requires delicate planning and brute force. Engineers and ironworkers at Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore's port have already unloaded two of the cranes and are ready to move the final two before the month is out. On Sunday, the first crane came rolling off. On Tuesday morning, the second crane crept across the ship's deck on railroad tracks and crossed the 8-foot watery gap between the ship and its berth.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
A delicate maritime ballet in two acts is playing out Wednesday afternoon as tugboats muscle a cargo ship carrying four supersized cranes to the port of Baltimore. The ship has cleared the Bay and Key bridges and is approaching Seagirt Marine Terminal. The bridges were closed to traffic while the ship approached and passed underneath with its giant cargo. The space between the top of the cranes and the bottom of the Bay Bridge was about 10 feet, according to Coast Guard Capt. Eric Nielsen — a bit more than expected.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
The future of the port of Baltimore eased through the morning haze Wednesday, limboed under the Bay Bridge with room to spare, ducked under the Key Bridge and arrived dockside at Seagirt Marine Terminal just in time for dinner. Fourteen stories tall and already emblazoned with Maryland's colors, four cranes capable of handling the world's largest cargo ships looked almost ready to go to work. "This is a big day for us. We're on schedule and under budget," said Mark Montgomery, president of Ports America Chesapeake as he watched the Zhen Hua 13 ease into Berth 4 at Seagirt.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | November 15, 1993
Expanding the last 3.6 miles of the Baltimore Beltway from two lanes to four doesn't sound like a major job, but it will cost Maryland's highway toll payers $90 million.That's because the two-lane portion is on the Dundalk side of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which carries the Beltway over the Patapsco River.The new portion of roadway will have to be elevated, next to the current approach, which crosses Bear Creek just offshore from Turners Station.State highway engineers held a public hearing last week to discuss the project, and work is to begin in 1994 to eliminate what state officials say is a safety hazard and a future Beltway bottleneck.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 12, 1999
Motorists interested in participating in the state's new electronic toll-collecting system -- soon to be in use at the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and the Key Bridge -- can sign up for the program beginning today.The M-TAG program is scheduled to begin early next month with an estimated 70,000 drivers participating. In its first phase, M-TAG will be available to commuters in cars, minivans, pickup trucks and other two-axle vehicles.Motorists who establish payment accounts with the Maryland Transportation Authority will be able to roll through "M-TAG Members Only" lanes at tollbooths without stopping.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2012
Traffic on the Bay and Key bridges will be temporarily stopped Wednesday afternoon as tugboats push a cargo ship carrying four massive cranes beneath the spans on the way to the port of Baltimore, the Maryland Transportation Authority said Monday. Coast Guard and state transportation officials were concerned that motorists would become distracted by the sight of the 14-story-tall cranes approaching the bridges and stop to gawk or cause an accident. The cranes stand 178 feet high.
FEATURES
By Candus Thomson and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2012
It's a much-battered part of the Baltimore Harbor scenery, bobbing in the water just above the Key Bridge on the way to the Inner Harbor. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of boats - including Tall Ships and Navy warships--will pass by the Francis Scott Key buoy this week on their way to take part in Sailabration, Maryland's Star-Spangled commemoration of the War of 1812 . The buoy sits on the spot where the lawyer and amateur poet Key watched...
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