Saturday, October 6, 2012
Light will flash yellow until becoming operational on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Elected officials and representatives from community groups were on hand Friday when Del. James Malone flipped a switch to turn on the new traffic signal installed at Southwestern Boulevard and Linden Avenue. The light is intended to ease the flow of traffic through Arbutus by commuters from the MARC Halethorpe Station to the inner loop of the beltway. After a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and flipping a switch in a nearby control box, the traffic began blinking yellow in all directions—which is how it will remain until the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 8. According to State Highway Administration district engineer David Peake, the signal will flash red during most hours, and be fully operational from 3-7 p.m., during the commuter rush hour.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Track 14 is now back open for MARC commuters. Work on other tracks is ongoing.
- Tim Lemke
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Anyone who uses MARC to commute into Washington, DC is aware of the ongoing track improvements at Union Station. MARC and Amtrak announced this week that Track 14 is back in service, and said customers should notice a wider platform. Track 13 is the next track to go out of service. The full Track 13/14 will be complete by late November or early December, MARC said. Amtrak said the Track 9/10 and Track 11/12 platforms will get upgrades sometime in 2013. Has ongoing work at Union Station impacted your commute? Get the latest local news in the Arbutus Patch daily newsletter. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Switch to make traffic signal operational scheduled for Friday.
The new traffic signal at Southwestern Boulevard and Linden Avenue is scheduled to go live this week, Del. James Malone mentioned at the Sept. 30 crime summit sponsored by Arbutus Improvement Association. The signal, which will be coordinated with the light at East Drive and Linden Avenue, is intended to ease the flow of traffic through Arbutus by commuters going from the MARC Halethorpe Station to the inner loop of northbound I-695 beltway. Work on a new ramp leading from Southwestern Boulevard to the inner loop is expect to begin in 2014 and be completed by 2015, according to State Highway Administration officials. A ribbon-cutting for the new traffic signal is expected to be held on Friday, Oct. 5, Malone said. Once the light is turned …
Monday, September 17, 2012
An upgrade of Leeds Avenue is complete, and resurfacing efforts for East Drive and Sulphur Spring Road are under way.
Leaders of local community groups and elected officials gathered at the East Drive Shopping Center on Sept. 12 to mark $2 million in road projects in Arbutus. They also enjoyed cake shaped like a paving machine. The occasion marked an official conclusion of a project to upgrade Leeds Avenue from Linden Avenue to Southwestern Boulevard, the launch of a long-awaited project to resurface East Drive and Sulphur Spring Road from East Drive to Benson Avenue. That's essentially the entire central Arbutus business district. "It's a trifecta," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "I feel good that we were able to invest in Arbutus." Kamenetz was joined by County Councilman Tom Quirk—who advocated for the projects—Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, Dels. Steve …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
East Drive resurfacing project, pavement patching on Wilkens and South Rolling Road begins.
In a scene likely to be repeated several times over the next few weeks, pavement milling machines began resurfacing work on Sulphur Spring Road on Monday. Sulphur Spring will be resurfaced from East Drive to Benson Avenue, according to Baltimore County officials. During the milling and resurfacing, traffic has been reduced to one lane in either direction. The project is related to the long-awaited East Drive resurfacing project. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will be in Arbutus at 11:30 on Thursday the 13th for a groundbreaking at the East Drive Shopping Center. Patch Work on Wilkens and South Rolling Road State Highway Administration officials announced new road projects that will slow traffic on Wilkens Avenue and South Rolling Road for…
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will be on hand Sept. 13 to announce completion of Leeds Avenue improvements and the beginning of the East Drive project.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will be in Arbutus on Thursday, Sept. 13, to announce the completion of Leeds Avenue improvements and the beginning of the project to resurface East Drive. A public event is scheduled to take place at the East Drive Shopping Center at 11:30 a.m. The $3.16 million Leeds Avenue project includes new sidewalks, curbs, storm drains, driveway aprons and road surface from Linden Avenue to Southwestern Boulevard. Work crews will mill and resurface East Drive to correct confusing markings that result from previous surfaces that have worn away.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
More than 2.2 million passengers passed through the airport in July, making it the busiest month ever.
Think you saw and heard more planes than usual flying overhead this summer? It's quite possible that you did. More than 2.2 million passengers passed through Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI Marshall) airport in July, which was the airport's busiest month ever. Gov. Martin O’Malley announced in a Sept. 4 press release that BWI Marshall set a new record: 2,222,329 commercial passengers used the airport—a 0.8 percent increase over the previous monthly record set in July 2011 with 2,205,035 passengers. “This new record represents the steady growth and success that BWI Marshall has experienced,” said O’Malley in the release. “The airport is an important resource that supports jobs, transportation and tourism …
The temporary closure of the outer loop ramp is needed to build transitions, curbs and sidewalks.
The Maryland State Highway Administration announced the temporary closure of the ramp from the outer loop of the I-695 beltway to Frederick Road for a one-month period. The closure will begin at 9 p.m on Sunday, Sept. 9, according to the SHA. The ramp closure is part of SHA’s $16.5 million project to replace the Frederick Road bridge over the beltway. During the closure, work crews will rebuild the end of the ramp connection to Frederick Road, construct the transition from the new bridge to the roadway, and build new curbs, gutters and sidewalks along the future westbound lanes of Frederick Road, according to the SHA. While the ramp is closed, traffic headed westbound on Frederick Road will be detoured to the Wilkens Avenue exit (Exit 12…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The split rail fence from Poplar to Linden is intended to deter double-parked cars.
If a good fence makes good neighbors, things must be dandy between Arbutus United Methodist Church and University of Maryland Baltimore County. A rustic split-rail fence running along Shelbourne Road from Linden to Poplar was installed last month to deter cars from double-parking on a strip of property owned by the United Methodist Church, according to a church employee who didn't want her name used. The strip of land on the north side of Shelbourne is owned by the church, but maintained by UMBC, according to the employee. On Sundays, cars belonging to church congregants are parked there. When school is in session at UMBC, the spots are often used as nearby off-campus parking for students and faculty. "Last year, they were parking one in …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Wheel-friendly curb aprons are planned for the trail crossing Maiden Choice Lane in Paradise.
New curb aprons at the Maiden Choice Lane crossing are planned for the Short Line Trail in Paradise, according to a notice posted at the site. The Short Line Trail is a two-mile path straddling the beltway that meanders from Mellor Avenue in Catonsville to Charlestown Retirement Community near Maiden Choice Lane and Wilkens Avenue. Recently announced plans envision a short segment of the Short Line Trail being developed into a bicycle route to connect Frederick Road and the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus. Inside the beltway, the Short Line Trail runs about a mile from Paradise Avenue, and along Baltimore National Cemetery to a point behind Charlestown. The curb aprons will facilitate use of the trail with strollers, …