Tag Archives: Maryland

Places I went in 2012

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Ashburn, Va.
Bluemont, Va.
Burke, Va.
Fairfax, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Leesburg, Va.
Mount Vernon, Va.
McLean, Va.
Purcellville, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Washington, D.C.
Burnham, Pa.
Claysburg, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Baltimore, Md.
Dickinson, Md.
Rockville, Md.
Welden, N.C.
Wilson, N.C.
Avalon, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Tuckahoe, N.J.
Conway, S.C.
Murrell’s Inlet, S.C.
Pawley’s Island, S.C.

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I didn’t notice the 2.1 Frederick/Carroll County, Md. earthquake

2.1 magnitude earthquake centered near Fredrick-Carroll lineCarroll County Times

The USGS reports a 2.1 magnitude earthquake centered in eastern Frederick County near the Carroll County line. The quake struck around 5:50 a.m.

The quake was centered about 3 miles from Linganore, 11 miles from Westminster and 13 miles from Eldersburg.

I did not feel it in Alexandria, Va. which is not surprising since I’m about 40 miles away. My son might have though, he woke up around that time. I asked him if he felt the room shaking when he woke up and he said yes, though 4 year olds don’t always offer the most accurate reporting.

Did my Maryland readers notice the quake?

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I-95 Maryland House service area closes this Sunday

After nearly a half-century, Maryland House to close its doorsThe Sun
Two-year project will replace aging I-95 travel plazas with modern offerings
The first service area on Interstate 95 north, Maryland House, will close just after midnight this coming Sunday. The building will be knocked down and replaced by a new facility. After the Maryland House is replaced, the Chesapeake House will also be demolished and replaced. Areas USA won the contract for the new service areas, but HMS Host is suing them and the state over bidding procedures. The project is still a go at this time.

Areas will keep one travel plaza open throughout the redevelopment project. The new Maryland House will built on the same footprint and reopen in December of next year. Then Chesapeake House will close for demolition; it will be rebuilt on an adjacent site and reopen in September 2014, Bellsolell said.

Maryland Transportation Authority sealNew, better designed service areas should help travelers but what I would really like to see there are ramps from the right lane rather than the left lane which has been the setup they were built. Reporter Candy Thomson responded to an email that new ramps were not part of this project. I’m disappointed that the Maryland Transportation Authority is not building a safer exit/entrance system.

I tended to choose the less crowded Chesapeake House if I stopped at either of them. I don’t think the service areas save much time compared to getting of of I-95, but it came in handy during my last trip northbound. Maryland is feeling competition from the new Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza that was featured on NPR last year. These service plazas exist because they were built on toll roads prior to legislation prohibited them on interstate highways out of concern that they competed with local business.

PREVIOUSLY

I-95’s Maryland service areas to be rebuilt02.13.2012
Upgrades coming to Md. I-95 service areas10.06.2006

h/t DCRoads.net Facebook group

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Construction of final mile of Intercounty Connector coming soon

$90 million contract for final mile of ICC awardedWTOP
MARYLAND ROUTE 200A $90 million contract to complete the Intercounty Connector (MD 200) has been awarded. Maryland’s newest toll highway and the biggest expressway project in the Washington, D.C. region will be extended one miles east from the Interstate 95 interchange to US 1. The new route is expected to open in late 2013 or early 2014.

One co-worker of mine uses the ICC daily on her Tysons to Columbia commute and is quite grateful to have it. I still wonder if it provides much relief for I-495 Capital Beltway though. Looking at the map and seeing you have to go up about 9 miles on I-270 from the Beltway and wind up only 5 miles up I-95 from the Beltway doesn’t make me want to use the road.

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