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July 10, 2013
Please convey my heartfelt thanks to all the self-indulgent, half-witted idiots that put me and my passengers (not to mention themselves) in danger July 4 by feeling it was a great idea to crowd both shoulders of Route 29 south from 108 to Broken Land Parkway (and northbound from, at least, Shaker Drive) to get out of their cars and watch the fireworks. You exhibited all the predictability and menace of a rabid raccoon stunned by a well-thrown rock. Thanks, too, to the Howard County Police for having a viable plan in place to deal with you fools.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
Work will begin Thursday on a long-planned project to expand a portion of Route 29 in Howard County that is considered a "major commuter bottleneck" near Columbia's town center, officials said. The $32.7 million project will see three miles of northbound Route 29 widened from two to three lanes from just north of Route 32 to just south of Route 175. The work will also remove direct access points from residential streets onto Route 29 in the area, furthering the transition of the road into a controlled-access highway.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
Work will begin Thursday on a long-planned project to expand a portion of Route 29 in Howard County that is considered a "major commuter bottleneck" near Columbia's town center, officials said. The $32.7 million project will see three miles of northbound Route 29 widened from two to three lanes from just north of Route 32 to just south of Route 175. The work will also remove direct access points from residential streets onto Route 29 in the area, furthering the transition of the road into a controlled-access highway.
NEWS
October 17, 2013
The excitement of the new Bridge Columbia is in its multiple functions and destinations on foot, bikes and sitting on the bus. It will also enable people with disabilities to join with others in the come and go between Town Center, Wilde Lake and places such as Howard Community College and Howard County Hospital on one side of Route 29; and destinations in Oakland Mills including its village center and as far as Blandair Park on the other side....
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | October 8, 2013
A 62-year-old man was killed Monday evening after the 2003 Toyota Tacoma he was driving on Route 29 overturned, according to Howard County police. Michael Joseph Fitzpatrick, 62, of Silver Spring, was traveling southbound on the highway at 7 p.m. near Old Columbia Road when his vehicle went off the right side of the road and overturned, according to police.  Fitzpatrick was pronounced dead at the scene by the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services. Preliminary investigation revealed that Fitzpatrick was not wearing a seatbelt and that speed was a factor, police said.  The collision is being investigated by the Traffic Enforcement Section.  #sigshell { padding: 10px; float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
NEWS
October 6, 1992
As work continues on upgrading U.S. 29 in Howard County to a freeway, we applaud the vision and commitment shown by state and local officials toward this project.Begun in the early 1980s, the ongoing transformation of Route 29 has gone a long way toward alleviating the excruciating traffic problems that developed as Howard County became one of the fastest-growing jurisdictions in the state.Since Route 29 is a major corridor linking the county with Washington, D.C., it was inevitable that changes would have to be made to accommodate outward migration from the Washington area.
NEWS
May 10, 1995
Montgomery County planners have never quite appreciated the draw of Route 29. For decades, the county focused its highway funds toward the growth along Interstate 270, hoping that residents traveling from Columbia to Washington would opt for Interstate 95, Route 1 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.But commuters had different ideas, and Route 29 evolved into one of the most congested roads in Maryland.Howard County planners, on the other hand, foresaw the dilemma and pumped millions of dollars into converting Route 29 into a limited-access highway, removing traffic signals at all but three intersections and building bridges and exit ramps.
NEWS
February 2, 1994
A Columbia woman was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after her car crossed a median strip on Route 29 near Broken Land Parkway and crashed head-on into another vehicle early yesterday morning.Christine Balunis of the 11200 block of Pear Tree Way was driving her Nissan 240SX north on U.S. 29 when it collided with a southbound Chevrolet Celebrity station wagon at 7:36 a.m. Ms. Balunis was taken by ambulance to the Baltimore trauma center. She was treated and released early yesterday afternoon, county police said.
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By Larry Carson | January 18, 2008
Motorists who creep north along the two-lane portion of Route 29 from Seneca Drive to Route 175 may finally see work begin next year on a long-planned project to widen the highway to three lanes. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced $48 million in new state funding yesterday for the long-delayed project, part of a $468 million statewide transportation budget. An additional $56.8 million was set aside for the replacement of older transit buses, another long-standing problem for Howard Transit.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 17, 2002
A man was killed and a woman injured yesterday when their sport utility vehicle collided with a car in Howard County, police said. About 2 p.m., Juan F. Dos Santos, 23, of the 400 block of Kent Ave. in Catonsville was driving a Mitsubishi Montero north on Route 29. He was weaving through traffic and passing other vehicles on the shoulder, police said. As the vehicle re-entered the slow lane, it struck the right front of a Chevrolet Malibu, sending it across the northbound lanes and the grass median before it came to rest in the southbound lanes.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | October 8, 2013
A 62-year-old man was killed Monday evening after the 2003 Toyota Tacoma he was driving on Route 29 overturned, according to Howard County police. Michael Joseph Fitzpatrick, 62, of Silver Spring, was traveling southbound on the highway at 7 p.m. near Old Columbia Road when his vehicle went off the right side of the road and overturned, according to police.  Fitzpatrick was pronounced dead at the scene by the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services. Preliminary investigation revealed that Fitzpatrick was not wearing a seatbelt and that speed was a factor, police said.  The collision is being investigated by the Traffic Enforcement Section.  #sigshell { padding: 10px; float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | September 25, 2013
When a study published last September concluded a transit bridge connecting the Columbia villages of Town Center and Oakland Mills was too costly, proponents of the plan, called Bridge Columbia, were not deterred. Even though some groups may haven taken the report as a signal to scale back, Friends of Bridge Columbia did the exact opposite. "We've been doing two things since then, expanding and explaining," said Fred Gottemoeller, a lead proponent of the group. Now, a year after the original plan was rebuffed, the group is raising support for a new iteration of the plan, which calls for the replacement of the existing footbridge over Route 29 in favor of "an iconic, landmark" transit bridge.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
Please convey my heartfelt thanks to all the self-indulgent, half-witted idiots that put me and my passengers (not to mention themselves) in danger July 4 by feeling it was a great idea to crowd both shoulders of Route 29 south from 108 to Broken Land Parkway (and northbound from, at least, Shaker Drive) to get out of their cars and watch the fireworks. You exhibited all the predictability and menace of a rabid raccoon stunned by a well-thrown rock. Thanks, too, to the Howard County Police for having a viable plan in place to deal with you fools.
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Baltimore Sun staff | June 12, 2013
A highway worker was struck and killed Tuesday night in Howard County, police said. According to Howard police, Erick Meekins, 40, of Baltimore, a contracted State Highway Administration worker was placing cones in a lane of westbound Route 216 at Route 29, attempting to close it, when he was hit by a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu about 9:22 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Meekins, an employee of Road Safety Traffic Control Co. LLC, was wearing his reflective shirt at the time of the collision, police said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2013
An accident involving one vehicle on the northbound side of Route 29 slowed traffic early Tuesday morning, as crews worked to clear the roadway near Route 32 in Howard County, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. At least one ramp onto Route 32 remained closed. Maryland State Police said Howard County Police were handling the accident, but a duty officer said he had no information on the accident as of 6:45 a.m. Also Tuesday morning, one of four southbound bores of the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore was closed due to a disabled vehicle, the SHA reported about 7 a.m. krector@baltsun.com twitter.com/rectorsun
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The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2012
As of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, traffic was slow on Route 29 near River's Edge Road in Howard County, due to an accident. An accident was slowing traffic on Route 295 near Route 197 in Anne Arundel County. Route 1 northbound was closed near Meadowridge Road in Elkridge, due to a fatal car accident. Monument Street is closed between Wolfe Street and Patterson Park Avenue in East Baltimore, due to sinkhole repairs. Maryland Transit Administration bus 35 has been diverted. There are no major delays reported on area transit systems.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
Howard County police are investigating a two-vehicle crash that sent a woman in critical condition to Maryland Shock Trauma Center Tuesday night. Police are categorizing the crash as a "serious personal injury collision. " The collision occurred at about 8:45 p.m. when Mary Ann Cecile Levant, 64, of Columbia, was traveling east on Route 32 near Route 29 in a 2003 Toyota Avalon. Levant lost control of the vehicle and struck the guardrail on the shoulder of the road, police said.
EXPLORE
April 12, 2012
I am writing in response to a recent letter about the Bridge Columbia Project ("Don't replace Roue 29 bridge, just make minor improvements," April 5). I have a question for Ms. Weems, and for the community at large. When do we get to dream big for our community? When do we take a chance on something that will not only transform how we get around, but will bring beauty as well? The inspiring architecture of this beautifully designed bridge will make it an iconic structure over Route 29 which says a lot about us as a community.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
Howard County police are investigating a two-vehicle crash that sent a woman in critical condition to Maryland Shock Trauma Center Tuesday night. Police are categorizing the crash as a "serious personal injury collision. " The collision occurred at about 8:45 p.m. when Mary Ann Cecile Levant, 64, of Columbia, was traveling east on Route 32 near Route 29 in a 2003 Toyota Avalon. Levant lost control of the vehicle and struck the guardrail on the shoulder of the road, police said.
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