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January 23, 2010
Repair crews have completed four months of work to secure the 6-foot-wide water main that erupted in Dundalk last September. The break flooded several neighborhoods and undermined part of Broening Highway. Utility workers replaced two sections of the mammoth pipe at the site of the Sept. 18 break, said Kurt Kocher, spokesman for the Baltimore Department of Public Works. They also inspected three miles of the line, made more repairs at 13 locations and installed carbon fiber lining to strengthen portions of the main.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
The Constellation will be moved from its location in Baltimore's Inner Harbor for four months this winter to undergo more than $2 million in repairs - including $750,000 to fix rotting in its hull. The city Board of Estimates, which oversees spending in Baltimore, voted to approve the $750,000 expenditure for the ship, which has been docked in the harbor for almost 60 years. Money for the repairs comes from general obligation bonds approved by city voters in 2012. The ship will be dry-docked at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay from Oct. 20 to Feb. 20 for the repairs, said Christopher Rowsom, director of Historic Ships in Baltimore.
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FEATURES
By Arthur Hirsch and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 17, 2010
The ramp from the northbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway to southbound I-695 in Anne Arundel County will be closed for a few nights this week as crews repair a sound wall. The State Highway Administration announced that the closures probably won't last more than three nights starting on Sunday at 10 p.m. Workers on the job between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be repairing damaged panels on the sound wall and putting in new traffic barriers in front of the wall. Weather permitting, the job is expected to be completed by the end of the week.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
City and CSX Transportation maintenance crews did not do a good job responding to repeated complaints from residents about street damage on the Baltimore block that collapsed in the spring, according to the city's transportation director and a report reviewing previous inspections. The city of Baltimore issued the report Sunday analyzing the April 30 collapse of a stretch of East 26th Street after massive rainfall. The report noted that neither CSX nor city maintenance crews who responded to several resident complaints about the roadway before the disaster had the expertise to identify the surface issues as symptomatic of a larger failure of the street's subsurface.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Ocean City's fishing pier officially opened Friday as the Maryland resort town signaled it is ready for summer visitors. During last fall's storm, about 100 feet of the pier collapsed into the surging sea. The damage was featured prominently in news coverage of the storm. But at Friday's rededication, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said the town had put all of that behind it. He said the re-opening the pier let's visitors know that β€œit's business as usual in Ocean City.” The pier was originally built in 1907 and has been rebuilt many times since then.
EXPLORE
January 25, 2012
The bridge over Little Falls on Hicks-Wilson Road on the Monkton-White Hall line will be closed on Jan. 30 so crews can repair damage caused by Tropical Storm Lee last September. Baltimore County crews will repair deteriorated abutments that were further damaged by Lee's floodwaters. The 60-foot single-lane bridge was built in 1988. Repairs should be finished by the end of February, county engineers said.
NEWS
February 6, 2013
Regarding the 5-cent gas tax for transportation, in order to be equitable the tax should apply to every Maryland county, and the state Motor Vehicle Administration should determine how many licensed vehicles are in the state to estimate how much tax revenue is needed statewide. That way, everyone who drives will share the cost of maintaining roads and bridges. If a household has more than one vehicle, it will use the roads more and thus pay more in taxes on gas. Those who use our roads pay should pay for their maintenance as well as for new transportation projects.
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By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com | March 7, 2010
Here's an update on one problem for Baltimore residents and workers: Baltimore's signature timepiece should get some attention next week. The time displayed by the hands on the southern face of the Bromo Seltzer Tower has been incorrect for several years. Watchdog first reported about the problem, which then affected all the faces, in 2007. Repairs resolved the issue for all the faces except for the one facing south. Clock repair specialists were called in, but nothing helped.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 13, 2011
The state is getting ready to begin a $43 million preservation project on the underwater foundation of the Millard E. Tydings Bridge over the Susquehanna River, including repairs to the concrete piers and bridge supports. Funded by toll revenue, the project on the I-95 bridge reflects the Maryland Transportation Authority's continuing commitment to preserving and maintaining the state's aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways. Work, anticipated to be complete by late 2013, will be performed in three stages for each pier.
NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2010
Drivers will be detoured around Joppa Road near the Towson roundabout starting July 6, as the county closes a section of the thoroughfare for repairs that are expected to continue through Sept. 1. "We want to get this job done as quickly as possible," said David Fidler, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Department of Public Works. He said signs would be installed in the next few days letting drivers know about the closure. arriers will be erected. The sidewalk will remain open.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works said it could cost $3 million to fix road damage caused by Tuesday's heavy rainstorm. The most badly damaged road in the county was Marley Neck Road near Marcy Drive in Glen Burnie, which will be closed for "an extended period of time," according to public works officials. Crews need to repair a 12-inch water pipe, an 8-inch gravity sewer pipe, a 32-inch force main sewer pipe and other utilities underneath the road. Other damaged roads could be closed for two to three weeks.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Baltimore's spending board on Wednesday approved an agreement with CSX Transportation to split the cost of a new retaining wall to replace the one that collapsed in April along East 26 t h Street in Charles Village. City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young was the lone "no" vote as the five-member Board of Estimates approved the deal. Young has said the railroad should pay the entire cost. "He is disappointed with the deal the city negotiated," Young's spokesman, Lester Davis, said.
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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.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
The city of Baltimore and CSX Transportation have agreed to split the cost of rebuilding the one-block retaining wall that collapsed along East 26th Street in Charles Village, ending months of negotiations over who was responsible and how much taxpayers would cover. City officials said Monday they expect the collapse to cost taxpayers about $7.5 million - though the total could increase as construction continues - and CSX would pay the rest. The entire project is now expected to cost about $15 million, down from an initial estimate of $18.5 million.
NEWS
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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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a nearly $12 million contract for construction and repair work to replace a block of East 26th Street that collapsed amid heavy rains in Charles Village in April. The contract covers a substantial portion, but not all, of the costs associated with the bizarre incident. The collapse occurred after a stone retaining wall holding the block of East 26th Street between North Charles and Saint Paul streets above a cut of parallel CSX Transportation railroad tracks gave out, sending half the block and more than a half-dozen parked vehicles down into the tracks.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
The I-70 Bridge carring traffic west over the Patapsco River at the Baltimore-Howard County line was reopened around 4 p.m. Sunday after undergoing weekend repairs, the State Highway Administration said. The ramps from the inner and outer loops of the beltway were also reopened to access I-70 West, the SHA said. Repairs started Friday afternoon, after the state found "urgent repair work" was needed to reinforce a beam. Crews bolted and welded steel plates to the beam to permanently ensure the bridge's safety, the SHA said.
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June 13, 2011
Beginning June 13, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is repairing sections of pavement on US 40 (Baltimore National Pike) between the Baltimore City Line and east of Ingleside Avenue in the Westview area of Baltimore County. Weather permitting, the $382,000 project will be complete by mid-summer. Motorists should be prepared for single lane closures and traffic shifts weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The state's contractor is Gray and Son, Inc. ofTimonium. For information about maintenance operations on state highways in Baltimore County, contact SHA's District 4 Office – Maintenance Division in Hunt Valley at 410-229-2360or email shadistrict4@sha.state.md.us .
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Driver advocacy organization AAA Mid-Atlantic, known for its roadside assistance and insurance and travel services, is moving headlong into a new market in Maryland: automotive repair and maintenance. "It's a major retooling of our retail structure," said Bernhard M. Koch, the group's president and CEO, at the official opening of the group's newest retail shop and mechanic's garage in Columbia on Friday. While AAA will continue to give its seal of approval to independent auto repair shops through its "approved automotive repair network," which includes about 80 shops in Maryland, its own entrance into the market has been expanding at a steady clip in recent years.
NEWS
July 17, 2014
On July 2, for the fourth consecutive year, Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. asked the Public Service Commission to approve a rate distribution increase for citizens, who receive both gas and electric service. For each of the past three years, BGE has gotten an increase in the rate distribution charge, which has added $6.80 a month to the average electric bill and $4.28 to the average gas bill. If the PSC allows this fourth increase, additional monthly charges will amount to an average of $6.57 on electric bills and $8.53 on gas bills.
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