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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | March 2, 1995
The State Highway Administration agreed yesterday to stick to its original plans and preserve 280 feet of the old Severn River Bridge as a fishing pier.The decision ends a brouhaha over the agency's proposal to extend the pier 560 feet from Jonas Green State Park."I guess now they can trim the bridge down," said William Moulden, president of the Severn River Association, which opposed extending the pier more than 280 feet.The Army Corps of Engineers, which issued a permit for 6 6TC 280-foot pier, issued a stern reminder to the state about its obligations.
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May 6, 1993
Engineering games test skills of midshipmenTeams of senior midshipmen raced model cars around a track and designed vehicles to pop a Ping-Pong ball through a basket in games to test their engineering skills at the Naval Academy on Monday.Midshipmen designed and built the vehicles in the culmination of a semester's work in weapons and systems engineering.In the first competition, six teams tried to advance their vehicles up a ramp and shoot a Ping-Pong ball through a 2-inch-wide hoop. Midshipman 1st Class Rick Radonich of Los Gatos, Calif.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff Writer | July 1, 1992
In constructing a new Severn River Bridge, the State Highway Administration has violated federal rules protecting wetlands, state officials acknowledged yesterday.The SHA has a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to build in the wetlands along the banks of the lower Severn River. But construction crews destroyed an eighth-acre of wetlands outside that permit area because of a "small design error," spokeswoman Liz Ziemski said.Wetlands are considered important because they provide a natural filter of pollutants before they are carried by storm water into the river.
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By Robert Lee and Robert Lee,Staff writer | December 4, 1991
Opponents of the proposed 80-foot bridge over the Severn River have uncovered documents they say prove that state highway officials have misled the public about plans to eventually expand the bridge to fourlanes.A Jan. 31, 1989, memo from State Highway Administration chief Hal Kassoff describes a series of meetings among seven state and federal highway engineers in which they agreed that the deck of the bridge "should provide for an ultimate four lanes of traffic and one sidewalk."The memo says that the three federal highway engineers convinced four engineers from the state to widen the shoulders from six to eight feet during three meetings in late 1988 and 1989.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,Staff writer | July 7, 1991
Opponents of the planned 80-foot-high Severn River bridge say they'll present a detailed case this week for building a lower span similarto the existing Route 450 drawbridge.In their 11th-hour bid to sink the $40 million bridge design, opponents hope to convince state planners and lawmakers that a lower span would prove feasible politically and economically.Tom Davies, an Annapolis architect and a leader in the fight against the bridge, said the opponents' analysis would prove that a lowerbridge could be built cheaper and faster than state highway plannerssuggest.
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By Robert Lee and Robert Lee,Staff writer | December 18, 1991
Told that its chances of winning an appeal were "slim," the Annapolis City Council reluctantly abandoned its attempts to block construction of the 80-foot-high replacement for the old Severn River Bridge Monday night.The council voted, 5-3, not to pursue an appeal of U.S. District Judge Joseph C. Howard's Dec. 4 ruling that allowed the State Highway Administration to proceed with the controversial project."It killed me to do it," said Alderman Ruth Gray, R-Ward 5, who opposes the high bridge but voted against the appeal in the belief that it would fail.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,Staff writer | August 30, 1991
A citizens group fighting the planned 80-foot-high Severn River bridge incorporated yesterday in preparation for a lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of the span.The move came a day after Gov. William Donald Schaefer announced that the state would proceed with plans to replace the crumbling Route 450 drawbridge.The anti-bridge group, which has gathered more than 6,000 signatures on a petition against the high crossing, incorporated as Citizensfor the Scenic Severn River Bridge Inc. The move qualifies the groupas a legal entity, a necessary prerequisite to filing a lawsuit.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | August 13, 1995
The Old Severn River Bridge is back in use -- 14 feet under water.Instead of the crumbling crossing for motorists it had become, it now serves as home to 10 million spat -- baby oysters -- that were dumped into the river yesterday by the Sherwood Forest youngsters who raised them from larvae."
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