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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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I-95′s Maryland service areas to be rebuilt

Two I-95 travel plazas to be rebuilt in revenue-sharing plan | GalleryThe Sun
Chesapeake and Maryland House centers will undergo $56 million redesign; profits will be shared with state

The two-year, $56 million project to rebuild Maryland House and Chesapeake House as a public-private partnership with Areas USA was approved Monday by the Maryland Transportation Authority board. The deal requires the approval of the Board of Public Works next month and review by the General Assembly.

As service areas go, I always thought these were two of the better ones, especially Maryland House. Overall, the stretch of Interstate 95 between Baltimore and Delaware is one of the better parts of the “east coast’s main street.” I suspect this is true for a couple of reasons — the road is tolled and therefore self-funding and a realization is the most familiar part of Maryland, “so we better make it nice.” Just a theory though…

My big question is whether there will be new on/off ramps from the right lanes rather than the left lanes, like now.

I suppose there is something of a service plaza arms race between the states along the northeast corridor – Delaware made a major upgrade to the Delaware Turnpike service area not that long ago.

PREVIOUSLY
Upgrades coming to Md. I-95 service areas10.6.2006

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Places I went in 2011

Every year, I go places and list them. The primary criteria are 1.) Having a sit-down meal 2.) spending the night in that location.

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Burke, Va.
Fairfax, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Franconia, Va.
McLean, Va.
Reston, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Annapolis, Md.
Baltimore, Md.
Columbia, Md.
Crownsville, Md.
Ellicot City, Md.
Poolesville, Md.
Avalon, N.J.
Ocean City, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Wildwood Crest, N.J.
Woodstown, N.J.
Belleville, Pa.
Burnham, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Hershey, Pa.
Hummelstown, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Mercersburg, Pa.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Reedsville, Pa.
Springfield, Pa.
State College, Pa.
University Park, Pa.
Washington, D.C.

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Intercounty Connector now open to I-95; toll free preview through Dec. 3

MARYLAND ROUTE 200Maryland Intercounty Connector opens to Laurel – Dr. Gridlock, The Post
I-270 to I-95 takes 20 min. on ICCWTOP The newest portion of the Intercounty Connector (MD 200), between MD 97 Georgia Ave. and Interstate 95 opened this morning. While a connection to US 1 near Laurel remains to be completed, the bulk of the road and critical I-95 to I-270 link is now operational.

It is unclear from the previous articles if the toll free preview that runs through December 3 is for just the new section or the entire roadway. I’ll try to figure that out later today.

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Ben’s Chili Bowl to FedEx Field, already at Nationals Park. Your move, Ted Leonsis…

Word came out today that venerable Washington D.C. landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl will have stands at FedEx Field (@dcsportsbog), the Landover, Md. home of the Washington Redskins, this season. Ben’s has been selling half-smokes at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, since it opened in 2008. That means that 2 of the 3 biggest stadia in the D.C. area will have Ben’s. The big outlier — Verizon Center, home of the Washington Capitals and Washing Wizards does not, though it is only a few stops down the Green Line from the actual Ben’s.

In my list of deliverables for Ted Leonsis, one of the things I suggested was:

4. Improved food stands in Verizon Center

The one thing that Nationals Park has over every other sports venue in D.C. is the selection of food vendors, especially ones with a local connection. Yes, Ben’s Chili Bowl needs to be in Verizon Center…

Your move, Ted.

UPDATE: More details from DC Sports Bog (The Post): Ben’s Chili Bowl coming to FedEx Field. Apparently, the Redskins reached out to Ben’s when they heard that it was expanding. Another District location and one in Northern Virginia are being developed. Interesting — does Ben’s lose cache by having standalone stores other than U Street? You know, what, I don’t think I care, because a closer proximity to Ben’s half-smokes is pretty good news. I wouldn’t mind seeing stands at RFK Stadium for DC United games too.

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Metro brings back Lance Wyman to update iconic map

The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority has hired Lance Wyman to update the Metro map he created over 30 years ago. His revised version needs to accommodate the Silver Line which is being built along the Dulles corridor as well as include the new Blue Line split. He’s nervous about updating his iconic design.

Last month, prompted by Greater Greater Washington’s Redesign the Metro Map Contest I offered my suggestions for Metro cartography and operations: How would you redesign the Metro map? I’d add lettered and numbered routes

Wyman is chatting at 10 .am. on Tuesday

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