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July 8, 2013
I just read with great interest the letter from the resident of northern Maryland who complained that now that the Interstate 95 tunnel toll is $8 she will no longer be able to afford to come to Baltimore, and it left me scratching my head ("New tolls hit northeast Md. hardest," July 2). How exactly does someone who lives north of the city have to pay the toll for the tunnel to get here when the tunnel is south of the city? Has this woman never heard of the Beltway? I've lived in Baltimore all my life and I have never once used the I-95 tunnel or the older alternate, the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, to go north.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
One of the two bores carrying northbound Interstate 95 traffic through the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore will be closed for several hours on Sunday morning for Special Olympics Maryland's sixth annual 5-kilometer run and walk fundraiser. More than 900 walkers and runners are expected to take part in the event in the right hand northbound tunnel bore, the proceeds of which support Special Olympics Maryland's work providing athletic training and events for children and adults in the state who have intellectual disabilities.
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By Ellen Nibali and Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2010
Question: I found weird tunnels in my lawn under the snow. These tunnels have no tops! I think they’re too small for a mole. What would make half-tunnels? Answer: Those are vole tunnels. After snow melts and no longer provides protective cover, the tunnels will not be used. However, you obviously have a vole population. These short-tailed "meadow mice" seriously damage plants. Voles chew roots, girdle trunks, and devour many bulbs. For help, go to our website: www.hgic.
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By Susan Reimer and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
Not many people can say they ran underneath the Patapsco River, but now about 900 Special Olympians and their supporters can add that to their athletic achievements. The occassion was Sunday's sixth annual Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K run/walk to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. It was hot inside Fort McHenry tunnel No. 4, even though the ventilation system was on high. The lights were on and the white tiles were shimmering. A group of cadets training to be Maryland Transportation Authority Police was running in formation and shouting cadences that bounced off the tunnel walls.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2012
As of 4:30 p.m., there was severe congestion on the northbound lanes of both tunnels going under Baltimore's harbor. The Maryland Transit Administration had reported no delays on public transit. For the most up-to-date traffic information,  visit The Baltimore Sun's traffic map .
SPORTS
By Milton Kent | June 9, 1993
The Camden Yards playing field again proved up to the task of remaining playable after a heavy rainfall last night, but the dugouts and concourses weren't quite so lucky.The downpour, which held up play for nearly two hours, deposited up to five feet of water in the tunnels connecting the clubhouses to the home and visiting dugouts, said Orioles spokesman Rick Vaughn.Players were forced to use the home-plate tunnel for access to the field, and their bats were stored in the dugouts, rather than in the adjacent tunnels, Vaughn said.
NEWS
August 9, 1992
Federal Hill seems to be one of those places where the more things change, the more they stay the same. So it is with the tunnels in the hill, which pop into public notice every few decades. The contractor shoring up the unstable north face of Federal Hill Park unearthed a large cavern 20 or 30 feet below the surface. Meticulously carved and arched, it runs some 200 feet, with a large chamber. An archaeologist got a quick look, and the entrance was quickly sealed before the curious could get in.Existence of tunnels under the park and, indeed, under a considerable area of the surrounding neighborhood, has long been documented.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2012
For the 22nd year, Maryland Transportation Authority employees will be collecting new, unwrapped toys this week for the Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots campaign. Drop-off sites will be staffed from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels, the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the U.S. 40 Hatem Memorial Bridge, the U.S. 301 Nice Memorial Bridge, the Intercounty Connector and the Dundalk Marine Terminal.
NEWS
December 30, 1995
IN THE HOTLY competitive world of maritime trade, Baltimore's port rivals in Philadelphia and Norfolk have gained a key advantage in the battle for cargo business. Both of those ports can ship container cargo inland on larger double-stacked railroad flat cars; Baltimore can't. Its railroad tunnels leading to the port are too low.That's becoming a distinct disadvantage. Without higher tunnels, the Port of Baltimore is going to lose cargo in the years ahead as steamship lines increasingly shift to the bigger container boxes to reduce expenses in their cutthroat industry.
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By Clara Germani and Clara Germani,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | April 12, 1997
MOSCOW -- Sealed in a Day-Glo army-issue chemical weapons suit, Vadim Mikhailov enters a public park as nonchalantly and unhindered as if he were on a Sunday stroll.With a crowbar, he pops open a 75-pound manhole cover and drops into the dank, echoing depths of a dark tunnel for another day's work.Where Moscow's self-appointed lord of the underground emerges is likely to be a story on the evening news.Up from the sewers, utility tunnels and underground river beds, he has crashed parties through ventilation shafts at the chic Maxim's restaurant and Planet Hollywood.
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By Kevin Rector and Sean Welsh and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
President Barack Obama landed in South Baltimore in a large helicopter shortly before 4 p.m. Friday in advance of a private tour of Fort McHenry. Obama disembarked one of three aircraft that landed in a field to the side of Sun Park, just northwest of the Hanover Street Bridge. Secret Service agents spent days preparing and securing the site. The President walked briskly from the open doors of his helicopter to a waiting motorcade. Just moments before, Blue Angels jets streaked across the same skies amid the Star-Spangled Spectacular events.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
All lanes going through the Ft. McHenry Tunnel have reopened after overturned box truck and fuel leak closed part of the tunnel Thursday afternoon during rush hour. The lanes reopened around 7 p.m. The truck flipped over around 4 p.m. heading southbound in the tunnel, and police helped cars back out of the tunnel, officials said. The tunnel carries traffic on I-95 under Baltimore's harbor near the downtown exits. Officials did not immediately know a cause of the accident. lbroadwater@baltsun.com Twitter.com/lukebroadwater
BUSINESS
Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Two Maryland lawmakers joined Amtrak and Obama administration officials at Penn Station on Monday morning to call for long-term federal funding of transportation projects — pointing to Baltimore's 141-year-old passenger rail tunnel as a prime example of the need. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, both Democrats, said Congress needs to get beyond its recent habit of enacting short-term extensions of federal transportation funding and pass legislation providing a predicable flow of money for long-term, big-ticket projects.
NEWS
August 1, 2014
The Palestinians are certainly the biggest liars and hypocrites in the world ( "The way forward in Gaza ," July 25). On the one hand they claim they have no idea why Israel is attacking them, yet they have fired thousands of rockets into Israel and have built more than 40 tunnels deep into Israeli territory so they can infiltrate heavily armed terrorists to murder and kidnap Israeli citizens. And these are strong, concrete tunnels located under schools and civilian targets.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
A three-vehicle collision at Bore 1 of the southbound Fort McHenry Tunnel has closed the tunnel lane at 9:06 a.m. on Friday, according to the state Department of Transportation. The collision is among two incidents creating closures at the tunnel. Two southbound toll lanes on the Fort McHenry Tunnel remain closed on Friday morning due to a two-vehicle collision on Tuesday afternoon. A single-vehicle crash on the inner loop of Interstate 695 in Catonsville at Frederick Road has closed the inner loop right shoulder at 8:49 a.m., DOT said.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
State and federal transportation officials studying the replacement of an aged rail tunnel beneath Baltimore are opening the discussion to local residents and Amtrak and MARC commuters. The 1.4-mile Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel, considered a key bottleneck for commuter and freight traffic up and down the nation's busy Northeast Corridor, is 141 years old and a curvy, tight fit for today's modern trains — limiting their capacity and reducing their speed. The aging tunnel cuts beneath the Sandtown-Winchester, Upton and Bolton Hill neighborhoods of west and central Baltimore, between the West Baltimore MARC Station and Baltimore's Penn Station.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Staff Writer | July 22, 1992
One of Baltimore's hoariest legends has been verified with the discovery of more than 200 feet of white-walled tunnels under Federal Hill's north slope facing the Inner Harbor.Early in June construction workers located the entrance to a 19th century commercial sand mine, a multichambered vein under the park's slope. Researchers speculate that the sand was quarried for use in the manufacture of high-quality glassware.The presence of the tunnels was kept confidential, however. Community leaders were not notified, and since their discovery, the entrances have been covered over with sandbags and dirt, again making them inaccessible.
NEWS
By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Staff Writer | February 27, 1993
Like eager home improvers, subway construction crews broke through a wall yesterday and felt good about it.The wall was a 3-foot-thick bulkhead leading to the east side of the future Shot Tower Station.The event represented a significant milestone for the 1.5-mile Metro extension from Charles Center Station to Johns Hopkins Hospital. It means that the more northerly of the twin tunnels from the hospital to Charles Center now is unimpeded by barriers.Workers can walk underground all the way from the hospital to the outer wall of Charles Center -- and even peak through a small hole that's been drilled through the concrete wall.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
The first large, prefrabricated section of a new traffic tunnel planned in Virginia began floating down the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore on Tuesday. Only a few feet of the concrete structure showed above the water as three tug boats pushed and pulled it south through the day - another 26 feet submerged below the surface. "It's like an iceberg," said Petty Officer Jonathan Lindberg, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in Baltimore. The Coast Guard escorted the tunnel piece and its tugs from Sparrows Point - where it was built by joint-venture partnership SKW Constructors - to near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
A major construction project on Interstate 95, set to begin Sunday, will impact traffic in Baltimore for the next two years - shifting and narrowing lanes and forcing ramp closures and detours. The $66 million project to remove and replace the existing concrete deck and roadway joints of 4.4 miles of the elevated highway between Caton Avenue and the Fort McHenry Tunnel south of downtown is expected to last through the middle of 2016, the Maryland Transportation Authority said Friday.
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