MDOT SHA to improve roads in Rosedale, Essex

Road Work 1Next week, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will begin two highway maintenance projects in eastern Baltimore County that they say will improve ride quality for many motorists.

Both projects, together costing approximately $1 million, will be complete mid-fall.

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In Rosedale, MDOT SHA will patch nearly one-mile of MD 7 (Philadelphia Road) between Hospital Drive and King Avenue. Crews will also patch the pavement on one-mile of MD 702 (Southeast Boulevard) between Old Eastern Avenue and the Hyde Park Road roundabout in Essex. Approximately 21,200 vehicles use this section of MD 7 each day and 10,800 use MD 702 in those project limits.

MDOT SHA’s contractor for both projects, Gray and Son Inc., of Timonium, will use cones and barrels to guide motorists through the work zone.

There will be a flagging operation for the MD 7 project as this is a two-lane highway and single lane closures on MD 702.

Crews are permitted to work Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Saturdays between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Beltway shut down due to Essex crash

Crash AccidentA portion of the beltway was shut down on Saturday morning due to a crash in Essex.

At 9 a.m., the Maryland State Highway Administration reported that all lanes along the outer loop of I-695 were shut down at Route 702.

There has been no word on any injuries.

Motorists should expect heavy delays in the area.

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Man pulls gun during Walther Boulevard drug deal, 2 robberies reported in Essex

police-lightsPolice are investigating two Essex robberies and a gun-related incident that took place in Nottingham this week.

At 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 30, an individual walked into the MetroPCS store located in the 100-block of Eastern Boulevard in Essex (21221) The suspect implied a gun and robbed the store of money and the store phone.

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At 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, while walking in the area of Route 702 and Mansfield Road in Essex (21221), a man was robbed of his cash and a cell phone.

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, a man pulled a handgun on another man following a dispute in reference to a drug deal in the 8600-block of Walther Boulevard (21236).

Police investigating burglary, three robberies

Police GraphicPolice are investigating three robberies and a burglary that were reported this week.

At noon on Tuesday, June 19, a man was assaulted and robbed of cash and cigarettes by another man in the 300 block of Margaret Avenue in Essex (21221). The suspect then fled.

At just before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, two people were arguing in the area of Eastern Boulevard and Route 702 in Essex (21221). The suspect then assaulted the victim, who fought back. The suspect and another suspect attacked the victim, taking his wallet containing cash and a personal identity item. Both suspects were apprehended.

Sometime between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a man broke into a residence in the 4300 block of Four Mill Road (21236) via a side window. Rooms were ransacked and money and jewelry were stolen.

At just after 3:30 p.m. o Wednesday, two individuals assaulted a man and took cash from his pocket in the 6100 block of Kenwood Avenue in Rosedale (21237). The suspects fled on foot.

Auto fire reported on I-695 in Essex

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Image via Fullerton Fire Station

Crews battled an automobile fire in Essex on Wednesday morning.

The fire was reported along the outer loop just prior to Route 702 (21221).

Crews from multiple fire departments used fire extinguishers control the blaze.

No injuries were reported but the vehicle was a total loss.

Motorists should expect delays in the area.