Tag: Maryland State Highway Administration

What’s the Teal-Blue Stuff Sprayed on I-695’s Shrubbery?

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State Highway Administration cuts down the invasive Tree-of -Heaven (not), and later sprays a blue-colored fertilizer to gin up native grass growth.
State Highway Administration crews cuts down the invasive Tree-of-Heaven (not), and later spray a blue-colored fertilizer to gin up native grass growth.

Did you see the teal-blue stuff sprayed on the vegetation next to I-695 between Timonium and Pikesville last week? It was a little weird, but also sort of pretty as every square inch of area next to the highway was blasted with the teal-colored gunk. The blue spray is a non-toxic fertilizer designed to jumpstart native grass growth. Since 2012, Maryland’s State Highway Administration has been eliminating the invasive plants choking our ‘roadway gardens,’ and replacing them with native plants. 

Now Maryland’s Highway Work-Zone Speed Cameras Come Under Scrutiny

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Not only have cameras been recording your driving speed (to an unknown degree of accuracy) in Baltimore’s many school zones; the State Highway Administration has been enlisting Xerox to bounce lasers off your car as you drive through work areas. And it seems there’s something fishy going on with that program, too.

The Most Dangerous Part of a Baltimorean’s Day

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You probably don’t consider it every time you get behind the wheel of your car, but driving is an awesome responsibility – to maneuver more than one ton of steel as your thoughts review to-do items, your kids bicker, and your phone dings incoming messages requires precision and care. Even if you maintain your focus flawlessly, another driver may make the traffic mistake that ends your vehicle’s life or even your own.

In honor of Drive Safely Work Week, October 1 through 5, the Maryland State Highway Administration has issued a bulletin reminding us all: “It is a frightening fact that the time Marylanders spend driving — either as part of the job or to and from work — is the most dangerous part of their day.”

So why not put on the brakes for a basic refresher in safe and practical driving?

STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION REACHES NEW MILESTONE ON CHARLES STREET BRIDGE OVER I-695

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Roundabout to be Removed and Replaced with Traffic Signal beginning Friday, June 8 with Weekend Bridge Lane Closures, Ramp Detour, and Flagging Operations

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is entering the final phase of the I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) / MD 139 (Charles Street) bridge replacement and interchange reconstruction project in Lutherville.

Beginning 7 p.m. Friday night, June 8, crews will remove the existing roundabout at the intersection of Charles Street and Bellona Avenue; activate two new traffic signals, one at the former roundabout location and the other at the ramp from the outer loop of I-695 to Charles Street; open the new ramp from Bellona Avenue Extended (Lutherville side) to the outer loop of I-695 and northbound I-83 (Baltimore-Harrisburg Expressway).

More Traffic Blues, Baltimore: Ban 710 Near 695 and MD 10!

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Just when you were getting adjusted to the obnoxiously modified JFX, please note (annoyingly) another road to avoid (let’s hope this one is a highway somewhat “less traveled” by many of you): In a bulletin from the State Highway Administration, we learned this weekend that drivers are urged to avoid MD 710 near I-695 and MD 10 in Glen Burnie from April 30th through May 4th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Expect a single lane closure, traffic shift and placement of a concrete barrier wall on MD 710 (Ordnance Road) at the entrance to the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) facility.

If you’re an exasperated motorist like me who likes to read the fine print—to have more concrete detail to complain about—here’s why this is happening and exactly what to expect, according to the official SHA statement:

“Because MD 710 is a detour route for the Maryland Department of Transportation Authority (MDTA) work on the I-695 drawbridge over Curtis Creek, heavy traffic may occur on Ordnance Road during the week of April 30.  SHA and MDTA are urging motorists to use alternate routes. Motorists traveling MD 10 north to I-695 east (outer loop) are encouraged to continue past the MD 710 exit and follow the signed detour route, I-695 west (inner loop) to southbound MD 648 to eastbound I-695.

See you out there!

 

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