MdTA Maryland's state toll authority is moving to replace the 3,500ft, 1.1km long Canton Viaduct, a mid-1950s elevated roadway that carries 2x2 lanes of MD/I-895 over port facilities. It hoists traffic over 19 port railroad lines, truck parking areas, several local streets, and a couple of ramps of MD/I-95.
Harry Blauvelt, a wellknown sports reporter died last Monday around 10:30am on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge (CBB). He was traveling in a single eastbound lane on the older southern 2-lane span, the second lane being closed for maintenance. Blauvelt's car broke down and he stopped in the roadway - there is no shoulder. He got out of his car, which moments later was hit by a following flatbed truck driven by 63-year old Enos Sage.
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Ron Freeland executive secretary of the Maryland (Toll) Transportation Authority (MdTA) for nearly the past four years is joining the engineering firm TY Lin as mid-Atlantic director. Freeland, a quietly spoken man seems to have a talent for defusing conflict and remaining amazingly uncontroversial (and a bore for reporters) during controversies.
At the same time some interesting projects have moved forward in Freeland's period in charge - major ones being the Inter County Connector tollroad in Montgomery County north of DC, and toll lanes on I-95 north of Baltimore.
Transportation governance in the Washington DC metro area suffers from a serious surfeit of Bassos, Peter and Jack, identical twins, each of them bald guys wearing a perpetually happy smile, age mid-50s.
Maryland's Intercounty Connector (ICC or MD200) in the northern suburbs of Washington DC metro area will manage free flow with tolls that could vary between 10c/mile and 35c/mile (6c/km to 22c/km) for cars.