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May 2, 1994
Why did it take a triple-fatal car collision last month for the State Highway Administration finally to do something about the traffic problems on Route 140 in northwestern Baltimore County?An SHA spokesman points out that the rural highway's 113 accidents per 100 million vehicle miles is below the norm for similar Maryland roads. Yet the fact remains that the hilly 2.1-mile stretch of Route 140 between Interstate 795 and the Carroll County line has averaged an accident roughly every two weeks since 1987.
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December 13, 2013
The State Highway Administration was scheduled to reopen the entire Route 140/Sullivan Road intersection in Westminster on Friday afternoon after installation of a new traffic signal to replace one that was struck last week. The new signal will be activated as of this evening, officials said. Left turns and crossover traffic had been prohibited at the intersection since earlier in the month when a traffic pole was removed due to damage from a vehicle collision. Officials said the new signal being installed today has wooden poles -- it was designed to expedite reopening of the intersection and will be replaced with a more permanent  design at a later date.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Staff Writer | January 8, 1993
Two tractor-trailers, loaded with a combined weight of 88,000 pounds of rolled paper, collided on Route 140 at Englar Road at the beginning of evening rush hour yesterday.L No one was injured in the accident, which occurred at 4 p.m.The trucks, each carrying a container from the Port of Baltimore to Camp Springs, Pa., were westbound on Route 140 when the leading driver saw the traffic light turn amber and tried to stop.The driver told state police he was hit from behind and pushed through the intersection by the second vehicle, which was wedged several feet under the first truck.
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Staff Reports | December 1, 2013
The weekend after Thanksgiving not only signals the official start of the Christmas season, but also the start of the Christmas tree hunting season.  For many families, holiday traditions include a visit to a cut-your-own tree farm the weekend of Thanksgiving -- or soon afterward. In Carroll County, there are many options for farms where families can search for the perfect tree, cut it themselves and haul it home. In addition to fresh-cut trees, some farms offer baling, wreaths and greens.  The 2013 version of Christmas Trees and Holiday Greens in Carroll County is available online HERE.
NEWS
September 12, 1990
County officials are reviewing a plan submitted by the State Highway Administration for landscaping the median strip of Route 140 entering Westminster.County landscape planner Neil Ridgely is working with Carroll public works officials to determine annual maintenance costs, which would be the county's only cost for the project, said planner Steven Horn.SHA's plan, which was requested by the county, involves planting trees, shrubs and colorful seasonal plants along the median of the highway between Route 97 and Route 31, said Horn.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer | April 18, 1995
The State Highway Administration offered Westminster business owners a bewildering array of possible improvements to Route 140 last night, confusing at least some listeners.Nearly 100 members of the business community turned out to learn how some proposed alternatives to a bypass would affect their stores, service stations, car dealerships and other enterprises.They heard first from SHA officials who outlined short-term lane additions as well as long-term plans to handle the 70,000 cars a day expected to travel the road in 2015.
NEWS
February 22, 1995
A solution to the dilemma of the Route 140 bottleneck through Westminster is no closer at hand, but a citizen's group has provided an alternative to the much-discussed idea of building a bypass.The Carroll Life plan would streamline the existing state highway and accelerate the traffic flow by limiting access, like an interstate. Unfortunately for many businesses along Route 140 or in downtown Westminster, the proposal might speed traffic too efficiently through the municipality.The plan would also divert Route 140 through the campus of East Middle School, separating athletic fields from the classroom building.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | May 17, 1994
Carroll County will ask the State Highway Administration to study how Route 140 from the end of Interstate 795 in Baltimore County to Reese Road can be improved.Improvements may include a bridge over the intersection with Route 91 in Finksburg, interchanges instead of lights at intersections such as Sandymount Road, and access roads."We can fix up that road faster than we can get anything new," Planning Director Edmund R. Cueman told the county commissioners yesterday.Curtailing access to Route 140 would be an alterative to extending I-795 through Carroll, he said.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | November 2, 1994
Carroll County officials should focus on improving Route 140 through Westminster because a bypass probably won't be built in the next 20 years, the state highway administrator says.State money would be better spent upgrading Route 140 so that traffic flows more smoothly during rush hours, Hal Kassoff said Monday.The state will not have the $200 million needed to build the bypass in the next 10 to 20 years, he said.Upgrading the road is a short-term solution to increased traffic on Route 140, Mr. Kassoff said, and a bypass is a long-term solution but won't be realistic for many years.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | May 4, 1994
Carroll County's planning director proposed yesterday asking the state for money to study controlling access to Route 140.Edmund R. "Ned" Cueman, the planning director, said during an informal meeting with county commissioners that reducing curb cuts and improving intersections along Route 140 might be an alternative to extending Interstate 795 toward Westminster and northwestern Carroll.Any extension of I-795 could be costly and problematic because it would have to cross the watershed area for Liberty Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to the Baltimore metropolitan area, he said.
NEWS
May 7, 2013
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said a deputy was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma on Tuesday after his patrol car collided with another vehicle on Route 140 west of Westminster. Master Deputy Matthew Wilson, a five-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, was traveling west on Route 140 near Mayberry Road at about 3:12 p.m. when his car collided with a Dodge RAM 1500 operated by Darian Barron, of Westminster, officials said. The sheriff's office said its initial investigation suggested Barron was making a left turn from Mayberry Road on to eastbound Route 140 when the crash occurred.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2012
A 32-year-old Owings Mills woman was killed in a three-car collision on Route 140 in Finksburg on Tuesday afternoon, according to Maryland State Police. Ruchita Pandya was pronounced dead on the scene near the border of Baltimore and Carroll counties, police said. Police and emergency responders were called to the scene about 5:15 p.m., police said. An initial investigation showed a 2001 Toyota Tundra driven by William Mark Lehr, of Westminster, was traveling west when it crossed the center line and struck a 2007 Toyota Corolla being driven east by Pandya, police said.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2012
As of 9 a.m. Thursday, traffic was slow on Route 140 near Owings Mills Boulevard in Baltimore County, due to an accident. An accident was slowing traffic on Edmondson Avenue near Allendale Street in Baltimore City. A disabled vehicle was slowing traffic on Belair Road southbound near I-695 in Baltimore County. North Charles Street was closed between North Avenue and West 21st Street in Baltimore City due to water main repairs. Officials recommend that motorists use Calvert or Howard streets or I-83 as alternate routes.
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The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2011
As of 9 a.m. Friday, traffic was slow around Malcolm Drive and Route 140 in Westminster, due to a disabled vehicle. There were no major delays reported on Baltimore transit systems. The Maryland Transit Administration has modified its MARC train service schedules Friday only, in anticipation of patrons leaving work early due to the New Year's holiday. On the Camden line, there will be a 2 p.m. departure from Union Station, making all stops to Camden Yards. The train that usually departs at 5:51 p.m. from Union Station will not operate.
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Baltimore Sun reporter | December 7, 2011
Route 140 was closed in both directions near Bethel Road in Carroll County for a little over an hour this afternoon as crews worked to clean up diesel fuel leaking from a tanker that overturned, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. The tanker overturned near a Royal Farms store between Westminster and Sykesville around 12:30 p.m. The road reopened before 2 p.m., but the tanker remains overturned in the Royal Farms parking lot, according to highway officials.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2010
Two people were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center Wednesday morning after a three-vehicle collision in Westminster, a city police spokesman said. The driver of a 1999 Mustang that was headed northbound on Route 140 just south of the Route 31 intersection, near McDaniel College, lost control and crossed the double yellow line and struck a southbound Toyota truck at about 5:27 a.m., said spokesman Capt. Gerry Frischkorn of the Westminster City Police. The driver of a third vehicle, a Dodge pickup also headed southbound on Route 140, tried to avoid the accident and struck the Toyota truck as well.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | December 14, 1993
The Westminster City Council seems likely to accept trees, shrubs and flowers for the median of Route 140 that the county commissioners turned down last week.The council gave its consensus endorsement last night to a State Highway Administration (SHA) offer to plant trees, shrubs and perennial flowers in the Route 140 median between the intersections with Route 97 and Route 31.The plants are valued at $100,000.Final council action is not to be taken until after a discussion about the project with SHA representatives.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | October 22, 2008
Truck traffic will have to detour around Route 140 in Taneytown for more than two years, the State Highway Administration said yesterday. Starting today, vehicles weighing 5 tons or more will be diverted around central Taneytown until an $18 million streetscape project is completed in the spring of 2011. Passenger vehicles, local delivery trucks and school buses will continue to have the use of the two-mile stretch of Route 140 during the project. The truck detour was necessary for the safety of pedestrians and work crews, the agency said.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | September 16, 2007
Completing designs for main stretches of Route 32 and Route 26 in South Carroll, securing funds for the reconstruction of Route 140 in Westminster and addressing congestion on state roads as drivers enter the county are priorities the Carroll County commissioners and its state delegation will discuss with the state transportation secretary in a meeting Wednesday. With state highway dollars drying up and projects lagging, county officials will need to decide if it is worth putting the jurisdiction's own money up to expedite the process, South Carroll Del. Susan W. Krebs said.
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