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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2010
Traffic flow on the I-695 west of Baltimore has resumed after a rush-hour accident closed at least two lanes of traffic on the highway's Outer Loop and prompted the hospitalization of one person, a Maryland State Police dispatcher said. The crash, near the intersection of I-70, was called in at 8:02 a.m. and involved a Toyota sedan and a Ford truck, the dispatcher said. The injured person was taken to Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore for treatment.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Are Howard County's speed limits too low or too high? That's one question some county officials hoped to answer when they reviewed a report of speed camera data from their vendor, Xerox State & Local Solutions. Traffic engineers have attempted for decades to set reasonable speed limits by analyzing traffic flow, setting the limit at the 85th percentile speed of vehicles on the road - meaning 15 percent of drivers travel faster than the limit. The thinking goes that drivers set a natural limit based on perceived risk.
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January 6, 2012
Related to the reply to my letter ("Yield to left at roundabout and to right at four-way stop," Catonsville Times, Jan. 4), I did not realize that drivers do not need to be courteous when using traffic circles. That writer's self-centered mentality would keep us "poor saps" stranded at one of other entrances to the circle when there is an unbroken queue of vehicles in one direction. This "poor sap," having learned the written rules for drivers approaching an intersection (with no stop signs or all direction stop signs)
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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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August 31, 2011
Water woes in the area were noted in an article in the Sept. 2, 1911, edition of The Argus, which reported that storms had slowed progress on a busy Catonsville street. The heavy rains during the week have played havoc with the improvements of Newburg avenue, which is now in progress. Several weeks ago, the County Highways Commission regraded the avenue, and in order to conform with the roadbed, the Baltimore County Water and Electric Company was obliged to lower their water mains, causing a muddy condition of the road on the side, while the digging up of the avenue in the centre by the county has caused it to be almost impassable.
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August 18, 1997
Route 140 traffic through Westminster is flowing better because of a computerized signal system the county has been using for about two months.The "intelligent" transportation system monitors traffic on the highway from Sullivan Road to Route 97, a stretch that has six intersections with signals."
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January 12, 1995
GLEN BURNIE -- The State Highway Administration will begin closing and shifting lanes along southbound Interstate 97 Sunday from the Beltway to Route 648 to accommodate construction work in that area.Crews will start closing lanes at 7 a.m. Sunday to shift southbound traffic to a one-mile stretch of newly built highway by 6 a.m. Monday, weather permitting. Traffic using Route 648 ramps to and from southbound I-97, and traffic getting onto southbound I-97 from the Beltway and I-895, may be delayed.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,michael.dresser@baltsun.com | July 30, 2009
The State Highway Administration has announced plans to reconfigure traffic patterns between the park-and-ride lot at the eastern terminus of Interstate 70 and the Beltway to slow vehicles and deter illegal street racing. The decision to rework that section of I-70, where low traffic volume at night often attracts racers and spectators, comes on the heels of a crash June 21 in which two people were killed and two critically injured after a vehicle that had apparently been racing went out of control and left the road.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | November 28, 2002
County planners unveiled yesterday an addition to their blueprint for road systems in and near Westminster, proposing that portions of road in a subdivision in the north end of the city be linked to create smoother traffic flow on and near area highways. Planners told the county commissioners yesterday that Lemmon Road, which stops to make abrupt turns onto other roads at two points in the Windy Hills Farms subdivision, should be made continuous to lessen the potential for accidents. The road could then be expected to better handle traffic to and from Route 97. Besides that proposal, only minor revisions were made to the planners' transportation plan for the county seat.
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By Jenny Hopkinson and Jenny Hopkinson,sun reporter | June 29, 2007
Charles Scheper got some good news yesterday. The Rosedale resident was worried after hearing reports that an overpass was going to be built near his house as part of an effort to relieve congestion on Interstate 95. "What can I do?" said Scheper, who lives on Kenwood Road. "It's a billion-dollar project." But after reviewing maps and talking with project managers, he discovered that his home would not be affected. With construction already under way near Scheper's house, the Maryland Transportation Authority gave the public the opportunity to see details of that project, as well as several others that will shape the future of I-95.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
As of 9:15 a.m., the Tuesday rush hour was winding down with a pair of incidents. In Baltimore City, the Maryland Department of Transportation reported an accident on northbound Interstate-95 near Pulaski Highway, but it was reportedly off to the right shoulder and not affecting traffic flow. There was also a report of an incident on I-83 south at Belfast Road, but it was also off to the shoulder. The Maryland Transit Administration was reporting that MARC trail, commuter buses and local buses were operating on time.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
The inner loop of the Baltimore Beltway north of the city will be completely closed to traffic during overnight hours next week, as crews demolish the last of the old interchange bridges near Interstate 95, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. The work is part of a $1.1 billion project to install new electronic toll lanes and improve traffic flow and safety in the spaghetti-like interchange in Rossville, where the beltway, or Interstate 695, intersects with I-95. The bridge being demolished used to carry I-95 traffic over the beltway, said John Sales, a MdTA spokesman.
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February 5, 2013
The Harford County Department of Public Works has announced a change in the direction of traffic flow for Patterson Mill Road. Effective on or about Wednesday, Feb. 13, the one-way traffic flow on Patterson Mill Road will be reversed and traffic will be able to drive from the bottom of Patterson Mill Road toward Wheel Road. Traffic will no longer be permitted to enter Patterson Mill Road from Wheel Road. Because of some confusion with the current one-way traffic flow, this change in direction is warranted and will have the added benefit of reducing the response time to the Cedar Day community from the Patterson Mill fire substation.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | June 26, 2012
Patti Brazier, who lives in Fallston, aptly described the traffic situation at the triangle formed by Routes 1, 147 and 152 as horrendous. Especially at commuting times it is an area worth avoiding, but not easily avoided. It is, after all, at the confluence of three major state roads that carry commuters directly or indirectly into Baltimore. Another 69 homes are planned for a 28.5-acre parcel that's within the triangle, and concerns about traffic have prompted community opposition to the development proposal, known as Hamilton Reserve.
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April 13, 2012
The Sun ("A silver lining," April 12) and Sen. Jim Rosapepe ("Put transportation to voters," April 12) turn a blind eye to the truth about the true cause of shortfalls in the state's Transportation Trust Fund. Marylanders do not believe their false claims that a higher sales tax or gas tax will reduce traffic congestion. Traffic congestion is caused by too many cars and too little traffic flow, either from accidents or lane closures. The Sun would have you believe that the poor do not have cars and that the middle class, a group that seems to be everyday growing in definition, can absorb any tax dreamed by this administration.
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January 6, 2012
Related to the reply to my letter ("Yield to left at roundabout and to right at four-way stop," Catonsville Times, Jan. 4), I did not realize that drivers do not need to be courteous when using traffic circles. That writer's self-centered mentality would keep us "poor saps" stranded at one of other entrances to the circle when there is an unbroken queue of vehicles in one direction. This "poor sap," having learned the written rules for drivers approaching an intersection (with no stop signs or all direction stop signs)
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October 21, 2008
Funeral processions for law enforcement officers are an outpouring of respect, but can be a traffic nightmare for other drivers. And while the state police do their best to alert motorists with highway message boards and the like, there should be some other way to ensure both a respectful escort for an officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty and safe and speedy passage for highway travelers. Part of the problem, as evidenced by recent complaints to Baltimore Sun columnist Michael Dresser, is that police escorts aren't limited to funerals of law enforcement officers.
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December 30, 2011
I am writing in response to the Dec. 28 letter regarding the traffic circle on Edmondson Avenue and Old Frederick Road ("Too much speed and too little courtesy at Old Frederick circle," Catonsville Times). According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration website, "Approach roads to roundabouts are controlled by yield signs. Entering traffic must always yield to traffic already in the roundabout. Cautiously approach the yield line and wait for an acceptable gap in traffic.
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December 29, 2011
The letter in the Dec. 28 Catonsville Times about traffic at the Old Frederick Road circle ("Too little speed and too little courtesy at Old Frederick circle,") indicates the confusion drivers have with traffic circles. The signs say to yield to traffic in the circle. Unless I'm mistaken, that means always yielding to your left because that is the direction of the traffic flow. When I approach the circle, I yield to my left and follow after the last car to my left or when an opening occurs to my left.
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