Tag: roads

Baltimore ‘Spared’ from the Worst of Winter Storm Stella So Far

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Winter Storm Stella brought down several inches of snow last night, hitting the lower end of forecasters’ projections for Baltimore’s first snow of the winter.

San Martin Drive Reopens on JHU’s Campus After $15 Million in Improvements

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Courtesy JHU Hub

Just in time for 2017, San Martin Drive on the Johns Hopkins University-Homewood campus reopened thanks to a $15 million renovation from the school.

More Than Half of Maryland’s Roads Are in Rough Shape

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Baltimore-Pothole-Repair

Last week we mentioned the Washington Post’s assertion that Marylanders will soon be paying some of the nation’s highest prices for gas. (Why are you always hating on us, WaPo!?) It’s true that this spring’s gas tax hike is causing drivers to pay more at the pump. But if that money is spent well — and, yes, that’s a big if — it’s possible we’ll all be saving money in the long term.

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 55 percent of Maryland’s roads are of poor or mediocre quality, perhaps because a full 25 percent of our pavement was constructed before 1930! Poorly maintained roads wreak havoc on vehicles to the tune of about $1.6 billion in extra repair costs per year, the ASCE estimates — that’s about $422 per driver. The ASCE translates that to a grade of C-. That’s dismal, to be sure, but slightly better than the national grade of D.

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