Traffic lights out in Joppa after truck strikes wires

traffic-signalUPDATE: Mountain Road has now been shut down between Interstate 95 and Singer Road due to the downed lines.

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Several traffic signals were out in the Joppa area on Thursday evening after a truck struck overhead wires.

Crews say that, around 5 p.m., a tractor-trailer brought down power lines in the 2000 block of Mountain Road.

Traffic signals are out along MD 152 from I-95 to Singer Road.

Motorists are reminded to treat the affected intersections as a four-way stop.

I-95 shut down due to serious Kingsville crash

I-95 Crash 201270720UPDATE: The tow truck driver has died from his injuries – details here.

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Crews are on the scene of a serious, Thursday afternoon crash along Interstate 95 in Kingsville.

At just after 12:30 p.m., paramedics responded to northbound I-95 at the Baltimore County/Harford County line.

Reports indicate that a tow truck collided with a tractor-trailer.  Multiple patients are trapped and in need of rescue.

Crews from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company, Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, and the Baltimore County Fire Department are on the scene.

The highway is being shut down so a medevac chopper can respond to the scene.

Motorists should avoid the area.

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.

Truck fire snarls traffic along I-95

I-95 Backup 20170719Crews are on the scene of a Wednesday morning truck fire along Interstate 95.

At about 9:30 a.m., crews from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company and Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company responded to the dump truck blaze along southbound I-95 in Joppa.

The two right lanes and shoulder are blocked along southbound I-95.

There has been no word on any injuries.

Motorists should use caution in the area.

Truck Fire I-95 20170719
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