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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
As the region prepares for possible inclement weather during the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah holidays, the State Highway Administration unveiled a beefed-up arsenal Tuesday for tracking and battling winter storms. SHA spokeswoman Valerie Burnette Edgar said the administration has about 2,400 pieces of equipment available this season to fight storms, including two double-winged snowplows added this year. The two plows, each with a front blade and two side blades, cost about $200,000 apiece, and the SHA now has three in its fleet, Edgar said.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
The State Highway Administration will begin a project Monday designed to upgrade 80 light poles and fixtures on the Route 450 (King George Street) bridge over Severn River, also known as the Naval Academy Bridge, in Annapolis. Work includes replacing poles and wiring and installing new decorative, energy-efficient LED lighting. The bridge has sidewalks and bike lanes in both directions. Crews will work on one side of the bridge at a time, closing one sidewalk and bicycle lane.
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June 2, 2010
The State Highway Administration will hold a public meeting Wednesday night on its plan to widen a U.S. 29 in Howard County. The agency will discuss design plans for the stretch of U.S. 29 between the Middle Patuxent River and Llittle Patuxent Parkway (Route 175, the only remaining two-lane section of the highway between Montgomery County and Interstate 70. The plan, which the SHA says will improve safety and relieve congestion, includes improved...
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
The State Highway Administration will spend nearly $15 million in the next six years to expand overnight patrols and increase the number of traffic cameras operating along major highways across the state. The changes will enable quicker assistance to drivers who become stranded or are involved in accidents, decreasing the impact on traffic, SHA Administrator Melinda Peters said Tuesday. "What we found is, if we can clear an overnight incident prior to rush hour, it makes a huge difference for people commuting," Peters said.
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January 21, 2013
After reading the statement by Maryland State Highway Administrator Melinda Peters that construction speed cameras need to be operating even when workers are not present, I believe she needs another title: professional liar ("SHA defends speed camera program," Jan. 16). I wish we were back in the early 1800s because she would be ridden out of town after being tarred and feathered. Now that we are in civilized 2013, I guess the best thing to do with her is to fire her immediately.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
As of 9:15 a.m., traffic was easing throughout the region, though volumes were still heavy on the west side of the beltway. The State Highway Administration is reminding motorists that there's a new traffic pattern in effect at White Marsh Boulevard (Route 43). The northbound exit ramps from Interstate 95 onto both eastbound and westbound White Marsh Boulevard have been converted into a single exit — exit 67. Commuters should take this new single ramp if they are getting onto White Marsh Boulevard — once you are on it, it splits to go in either east or west directions.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2013
William K. "Bill" Lee III, who rose from being a State Roads Commission laborer to chief engineer for the State Highway Administration, died Tuesday from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Cockeysville resident was 82. "What Bill Lee had was the very rare combination of people and technical skills. Not all technical people have people skills, but he knew how to manage and everyone loved him," said William K. Hellman, a former state transportation secretary and a former partner in the Baltimore civil engineering firm of Rummel Klepper & Kahl.
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December 9, 1991
County commuters have a new place to meet for car pools -- an 85-space lot opened by the State Highway Administration.The new lot is on Route 3, just north of Benfield Boulevard and adjacent to Interstate 97. It is open around the clock and use of the lot is free.The lot is the 67th ride-sharing lot to open in the state. According to the SHA, 4,400 Marylanders use the facilities, saving an average of $155 a month in fuel, parking fees and vehicle wear and tear.Car-pooling also reduces air and noise pollution, reduces traffic, improves traffic flow and saves highway maintenance money.
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October 25, 1993
Crews from the State Highway Administration recently began work on the intersection of routes 75 and 31 in New Windsor.The plans for the project include the widening of the intersection to improve access for large trucks, road resurfacing, curb and gutter installation, and utility pole relocation.There will be no lane closures during the construction, which will be done during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.The SHA says the work will be completed by the end of the year.
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September 3, 1998
A State Highway Administration contractor is probing the ground under part of Route 31 where a sinkhole opened in March 1994, fatally injuring a 24-year-old Taneytown man.The tests are a routine pre-construction check, said Richard M. Smith, SHA maintenance facilities supervisor."
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By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
A primary road carrying motorists between Baltimore and Carroll counties will be closed overnight beginning July 14, according to the State Highway Administration. Work on the bridge carrying MD 140 over the Liberty Reservoir will close the road for traffic between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. beginning Monday, July 14. Work should be complete after three nights of work, weather pending, according to SHA. The closures will allow for steel to be set on the bridge, enabling SHA to rehabilitate the bridge, replace the deck and widen shoulders.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Lane closures on eastbound Route 50 in Annapolis that began Tuesday night for repairs to a partially-collapsed drain pipe beneath the roadway will continue Thursday, according to the State Highway Administration. Planned closures on Wednesday night have been delayed due to expected thunderstorms in the area. The collapse caused a sinkhole to form in the roadway in June, but was only addressed with a temporary fix at the time. The work ahead will include full closures of the eastbound highway near the exit for Aris T. Allen Boulevard, the SHA said.
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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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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
Bonaventure von P. "Duke" Wachter, a retired State Highway Administration civil engineer who worked on numerous highway projects throughout Maryland, died May 23 of cancer at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. He was 69. "He was probably the best boss I've ever had in my life, and he was probably the best on-the-job-trained engineer that the State Highway Administration ever had," said Tony Smith, a former SHA civil engineer who lives in Nottingham. "Duke came up through the ranks.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
For local archaeologists, the piece de resistance would be to find items that once belonged to Comte de Rochambeau, the French army commander during the American Revolution. He and 5,000 troops are said to have encamped at Belvoir-Scott's Plantation in Crownsville along Generals Highway, an area now being excavated by archaeologists as a partnership among the State Highway Administration, Anne Arundel County and Rockbridge Academy, the property owner. SHA officials said the highway between Interstate 97 and Annapolis has roots in the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Generals Highway was originally built in the early 18th century as a second post road between Williamsburg, Va., and Philadelphia.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | April 4, 2014
A portion of Van Dusen Road near the Interstate 95 South interchange will be permanently closed this weekend as State Highway Administration workers open new portions of Virginia Manor and Contee Roads, according to a news release. Starting Saturday, April 5 at 8 a.m. the portion of Van Dusen Road west of Interstate 95 to the 6100 block of Van Dusen Road will be closed. According to a news release, drivers, who previously used Van Dusen Road will now use a new section of Virginia Manor Road to access Old Gunpowder Road.
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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 Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | October 1, 2001
The State Highway Administration is examining Route 140 where the highway passes through Westminster to find ways to relieve congestion and improve safety on the city's main artery. The study involves a two-mile segment from Sullivan Road to Leidy Road. Residents along the stretch might notice SHA personnel in their neighborhoods in the next few weeks. The inspections began Sept. 20 and could continue for several months. Jane Wagner, an administration project planner, said the agency will study each major intersection.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
If you notice orange lights, ribbons and banners on state highway vehicles and administrative buildings this month, consider them reminders to take extra care when driving through the hundreds of highway work zones popping up this spring and summer. As part of National Work Zone Awareness Month, the State Highway Administration is launching a new "Go Orange" pilot program this week aimed at reinforcing the idea that work zones should be taken seriously. After all, they are notoriously dangerous areas.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
The promise of warm weather and the threat of more rain through the rest of this week have pushed the State Highway Administration to craft a two-pronged plan for its continuing winter clean-up operations. The focus: potholes and drainage. Recent cold snaps and snowfalls have left many roadways crumbling in spots, the result of freezing water cracking surfaces and plows and layers of salt compounding the damage. Warmer weather is preferable to cold in fixing pot holes. High temperatures from Wednesday through the weekend are expected to hover between 40 and 60 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
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