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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
It's safe to swim and wade in Weems Creek in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County health officials said Thursday. Water quality tests showed the creek meets water quality guidelines for bacteria. The creek had been off-limits from the headwaters to Rowe Boulevard since May 15, when 120,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the creek from a broken pipe on Jennifer Road. Water testing results from Weems Creek are posted online at www.aahealth.org. Bacteria tests from nearly 100 beaches throughout the county also are posted online between Memorial day and Labor day.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
It's safe to swim and wade in Weems Creek in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County health officials said Thursday. Water quality tests showed the creek meets water quality guidelines for bacteria. The creek had been off-limits from the headwaters to Rowe Boulevard since May 15, when 120,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the creek from a broken pipe on Jennifer Road. Water testing results from Weems Creek are posted online at www.aahealth.org. Bacteria tests from nearly 100 beaches throughout the county also are posted online between Memorial day and Labor day.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
A 120,000-gallon sewage spill has made Weems Creek in Annapolis unsafe for swimming, Anne Arundel County health officials said Wednesday evening. A sewage force main along Jennifer Road broke Wednesday afternoon, causing the spill. Weems Creek is off-limits to swimming and other direct water contact between the headwaters and Rowe Boulevard until further notice. Anyone who does come into contact with the water should wash well with warm, soapy water. Warning signs have been posted in the area and the land around the creek has been cleaned of sewage, health officials said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
A 120,000-gallon sewage spill has made Weems Creek in Annapolis unsafe for swimming, Anne Arundel County health officials said Wednesday evening. A sewage force main along Jennifer Road broke Wednesday afternoon, causing the spill. Weems Creek is off-limits to swimming and other direct water contact between the headwaters and Rowe Boulevard until further notice. Anyone who does come into contact with the water should wash well with warm, soapy water. Warning signs have been posted in the area and the land around the creek has been cleaned of sewage, health officials said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 20, 2005
The Weems Creek Bridge leading into Annapolis will be closed weeknights between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. starting Wednesday, state highway officials announced last week. The closures are expected to last about a month as contractors set steel for the new bridge, scheduled to be complete by fall 2006. The work is part of a $33 million project to rehabilitate the 50-year-old bridges over Weems and College creeks. Both bridges are part of Rowe Boulevard, the main artery into downtown Annapolis.
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | June 2, 1996
The Weems Creek Bridge in Annapolis will close tomorrow as the State Highway Administration begins to tear down the 67-year-old wooden and steel structure to replace it with a state-of-the-art concrete and steel bridge.The $5.9 million project should be complete next spring, according to state highway officials.Signs, cones and barricades will direct motorists from the Ridgely Avenue crossing to Roscoe Rowe Boulevard as a detour. Boat channels will remain open during construction.Like the current bridge, the new one will use a center swing span that swivels open to allow tall boats to pass.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,Sun Staff Writer | August 1, 1995
It will take seven state employees to replace Annette Bellinger.At dawn this morning, one of seven bridge operators from the State Highway Administration's Southern Maryland office was to be stationed beneath the Weems Creek bridge in the spot where the retiring Ms. Bellinger had been perched for the past 12 years. The seven operators will share duties at the bridge.Ms. Bellinger officially retired at 5:30 p.m. yesterday, when the Beverly, a 31-foot sailboat, glided through the bridge and headed toward its moorings up Weems Creek.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | March 1, 1995
Neighborhood groups will have two words for the State Highway Administration tonight when officials present new plans for replacing the deteriorating Weems Creek Bridge: no lights."
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | May 16, 1995
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which had all but ruled out dredging a small boating channel in the mud flats of Weems Creek, yesterday offered to reconsider the project."
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | June 15, 1994
Anne Arundel County government wants to dredge a small section of Weems Creek where so much silt has run into the water that piers are sometimes on dry land.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will decide on the project after the public comment period ends July 5. It is being asked to balance Annapolis residents' desire to reopen a boating channel against environmental concerns over underwater plants in the area. Also at issue is whether runoff problems have been solved.Geoffrey Thomas, one of four affected Admiral Heights property owners, said that on some days last year his 20-foot power boat could not be budged from the bottom.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | January 4, 2009
Overshadowed by the government, historic and Naval Academy features of Maryland's capital city are intertwined communities that lie along Weems Creek. The development of the West Annapolis area dates to Elizabeth and Catherine Giddings, each of whom received a section of their father's land, now the sought-after neighborhoods of West Annapolis and Wardour. Though distinct, the neighborhoods join together for such activities as holiday caroling, the West Annapolis block party and a July Fourth parade.
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June 30, 2007
Low oxygen levels kill 15,000 fish in Weems Creek More than 15,000 fish were killed this week when the oxygen levels in an Annapolis creek dipped too low. Toxins released from decomposing algae likely caused the low oxygen levels in Weems Creek, Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman Robert Ballinger said. "Over the years, scientists have not been able to identify a bacteria or disease causing these kills, so I think it has to be a sudden low-oxygen event," Severn Riverkeeper Fred Kelly said of Thursday's fish kill.
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By PHILLIP MCGOWAN and PHILLIP MCGOWAN,SUN REPORTER | January 27, 2006
Tim Fletcher emerged from the comfort of a heated SUV and looked out as the wind rippled across the water. Standing on the College Creek bridge, he assessed the progress of a dual bridge reconstruction along Rowe Boulevard as crews used concrete and brick to patch up the torn-up overpasses. The cold blasts rippling over the exposed work site - the other bridge is over Weems Creek - quickly sent Fletcher and his tour group retreating to the sport utility vehicle. "Yes, building bridges in the summer is much more pleasant," said Fletcher, a project engineer for the State Highway Administration, as he pulled the door shut.
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July 29, 2005
Ten years ago this month, an era ended when the woman who tended the old movable Weems Creek Bridge in Annapolis, Annette "Annie" Bellinger, worked her last day in teh shack under the bridge span. The State Highway Administration had decided to tear down and replace the historic 1929 bridge, and besides, as the 73-year-old great-grandmother told The Sun, "I want a break." Nicknamed "the troll lady" by those who spotted her under the bridge, Bellinger worked as the bridge tender for 12 years, from May through November.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2005
Evan Belaga keeps a watchful eye on Weems Creek from his living room window. Last week, he said, he observed "a huge plume of silt and sediment" in plain view of his and other homes built on the banks of the creek. He worries that several ongoing construction projects in Annapolis, coupled with recent heavy rains, are hurting the creeks that empty into the Chesapeake Bay. "These little streams can't carry all this storm water," said Belaga, president of the Weems Creek Conservancy, a group concerned about the waterway's health.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2005
The metal behemoths, each as heavy as 25 elephants and strong enough to pound steel tubes 90 feet into the ground, have hovered over the gateway to Maryland's capital for 10 months, their long necks almost as familiar a sight to commuters as the State House dome. Annapolis has a reputation for quaintness, but with two of its bridges undergoing serious rehabilitation, the Colonial town has grown used to having cranes fill its skyline. Roaring jackhammers and orange traffic barriers round out the construction milieu.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | November 17, 1997
Finally, there is silence.Eighteen months of rumbling, drilling, and the thwacking of a 40-ton hammer ramming steel pilings into the mud beneath Weems Creek has ended.The new Weems Creek Bridge will open tomorrow.After several delays in the $5.8 million project to replace the deteriorating original, State Highway Administration workers were getting tired of promising residents that the work would be finished quickly.Like its 1929 predecessor, the new bridge has a center span that swings open to allow boats to pass.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff Writer | June 9, 1993
An Anne Arundel County consultant plans to use stones, uprooted trees and vegetation to clean up a tributary of Weems Creek destroyed in March when a storm water dam near Annapolis Mall collapsed.The method is a sharp break with traditional solutions that rely on stone gabions and concrete splash-ways to channel storm waters and control eroding banks.When the 20-foot embankment collapsed March 4, it sent a wall of sediment and construction debris coursing through the stream and creating a 2,000-foot wedge of muck, obliterating the tributary, said Robert Sheesley, co-owner of Brightwater Inc., the consultants.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 20, 2005
The Weems Creek Bridge leading into Annapolis will be closed weeknights between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. starting Wednesday, state highway officials announced last week. The closures are expected to last about a month as contractors set steel for the new bridge, scheduled to be complete by fall 2006. The work is part of a $33 million project to rehabilitate the 50-year-old bridges over Weems and College creeks. Both bridges are part of Rowe Boulevard, the main artery into downtown Annapolis.
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