SHA improves pedestrian and driver safety along Route 40 in Rosedale

Rosedale MDJuly 20, 2017 – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is activating a new traffic signal on US 40 (Pulaski Highway) at Batavia Farms Road this week as part of a $5 million project to enhance pedestrian and driver safety on one of Baltimore County’s busiest highways.

Approximately 38,000 vehicles per day travel the four-lane section of US 40 between Chesaco Avenue and Todds Lane in Rosedale.  In recent years, this segment of Pulaski Highway has experienced a high rate of crashes – nearly seven times that of similar roadways.

MDOT SHA installed the new traffic signal at Batavia Farms Road in tandem with construction of safety upgrades including new sidewalks on both sides of US 40 between Chesaco Avenue and Todds Lane. The improvements included closing the crossing at Lawrence / Lorraine Avenue in May.

“Just trying to walk from point A to B was a challenge in this corridor, which had a high rate of crashes,” said engineer Wendy Wolcott. “Engineers observed pedestrians crossing mid-block with no place to stop if vehicles were turning in and out of businesses. The new design provides sidewalks, a crosswalk and a signal that stops traffic so people can safely cross the road.”

MDOT SHA last resurfaced this one-half mile section of Pulaski Highway in 2000. The safety enhancement project was funded for construction in spring 2015 and the project started late fall 2015.

The project includes construction of the new 5-foot sidewalk in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, curbs, gutters and driveway aprons along US 40; resurfacing and widening the pavement; replacing and repairing traffic barrier end treatments; traffic signal system upgrades; roadway drainage system enhancements; and installation of new reflective roadway signs and pavement markings.

Weather permitting, crews will complete the remainder of the project late summer.

Water main break reported in Nottingham

Crews are on the scene of a Tuesday evening water main break in Nottingham. 

The Department of Public Works says that a six-inch water main has ruptured in the area of Hedgerow Way at Moonstone Road, 21236.

Approximately 20 homes and one fire hydrant are currently without water. 

There has been no update on when the repairs will be completed. 

Motorists should use caution in the area. 

Kingsville VFC to break ground on station reconstruction

Kingsville VFCThe Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company plans to break ground on a $4 million reconstruction of its fire station on Tuesday, July 11, at 10 a.m. at 11601 Bellvue Avenue.

In advance of the groundbreaking, Councilman David Marks thanked the firefighters, company leadership, residents, and other elected officials for their support of this project.

“Over the past three years, our office has worked to advance two major projects in Kingsville–the air conditioning at the elementary school and reconstruction of this fire station.  I am delighted that the first project is almost done and we are breaking ground on the second, an essential initiative for the Kingsville community.
“The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company attends to over 1,700 calls every year.  Its volunteers not only respond to fires and medical emergencies, but those trapped in swiftwater.  The fire station needs improvements to deal with the growing number of calls in an area that includes much of northeastern Baltimore and southwestern Harford Counties.
“Many people worked to make this day possible, especially the fire station leadership, its members, and residents of Kingsville and surrounding communities like Fork, Perry Hall, and Fallston.  In addition to Baltimore County, I would like to thank our state legislators and Governor Hogan for their support.  Nearly $400,000 was pledged from the state.  I encourage residents who have not contributed to make a donation at​.”

Kingsville 2017 Independence Day Parade [PHOTOS]

WMVFC Color Guard Kingsville Parade 2017
The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company Color Guard

It was a hot, humid Tuesday…which is not unexpected for the Fourth of July.

The 2017 Kingsville Independence Day parade was held on July 4 and a good time was had by all.

The parade began at about 11 a.m. near the Kingsville Triangle (the intersection of Jerusalem, Bradshaw, and Belair roads).

This was the 37th installment of the annual parade, which is organized by the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company and Greater Kingsville Civic Association.

View photos from the 2017 Kingsville Independence Day Parade below.

Kingsville Independence Day Parade 2017

Kingsville Parade 2017 Miele 01

Kingsville Parade 2017 Miele 02

Kingsville Parade 2017 Geelhaar

Kingsville Parade 2017 Joe Norman

Kingsville Parade 2017 Rosedale Engine

Kingsville Parade 2017 St Stephen 01

Kingsville Parade 2017 Tammy Larken