Water main break in Aberdeen leads to sewage backup – AberdeenNews.com

A water main break at the intersection of 12th Avenue Southeast and South High Street washed out the sewer line Sunday morning.

Utilities foreman Doug Klein said that, as of noon Sunday, residents along a two-block stretch of South High Street were without water service, as crews awaited locations for utility lines. Because of the washed out sewer line, Klein said residents in the immediate area experienced sewage backup. Klein said he received reports of sewer backup as far south as the 1700 block of South Lawson Street.

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Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing – Daily Item

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone’s five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives.

The Montelone siblings are part of a growing number of people with cystic fibrosis who are taking advantage of the health benefits that come with surfing.

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Parking tickets ‘preventative,’ funds go to yearly city budget – Republican & Herald

In a city as busy as Pottsville, it isn’t rare to receive a parking ticket or two in a year.

About 6,000 tickets are normally distributed per year by Pottsville Area Development Corp., Amy S. Burkhart, PADCO executive director, said. In 2013, 6,246 parking tickets were distributed, she said.

Burkhart estimated that about 3,500 tickets have been given this year so far.

A ticket for a meter is normally $10, but if paid in the same day, it is $7, Burkhart said. Tickets distributed for parking on private property and most other nonmetered places are $25. Once a parking ticket is distributed, a person has 10 days until the ticket is elevated to a citation.

Money from parking tickets goes to the city’s yearly budget.

Thomas A. Palamar, city administrator, said the city budget for meter and parking fines is based upon the previous year. He said the budget for 2012 was $54,000 and 2013 was $54,500.

“It isn’t to be punitive, it’s to be preventative,” Palamar said. “We want to make sure parking is available to everyone, including residents and people in the business district.”

Parking time limits vary depending on where a meter is located.

“In order to generate turnover in high congestion areas, there is a shorter term of the meters closer to business area,” Burkhart said.

There are about 800 parking meters in Pottsville, largely in the downtown Central Business District, higher parking congestion areas and surrounding hospitals, Burkhart said. A quarter yields a half hour or one hour, depending on proximity to the business district.

Parking decks have eight-hour and 24-hour parking where long-term parking is welcomed, Burkhart said.

“The top of the Mahantongo parking garage has parking for the day for $2,” she said.

Centre Street has free one-hour parking. Many businesses also provide free parking areas for their visitors, Burkhart said.

“While many of the meters are located on the street, quite a few are available in the Arch Street Parking lot, the Capitol Parking Garage and the Mahantongo Parking Garage,” according to http://www.city.pottsville.pa.us.

All meters are free after 5 p.m. during the weekdays and from 5 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Mondays, according to the website.

PADCO is not responsible for distributing tickets for vehicles parked in parade routes, snow removal areas or other related situations, Burkhart said.

Parking for street cleaning may be represented by permanent signs restricting parking hours on certain days of the week or by temporary no parking signs, generally yellow or pink, hung on meters or whatever is available, like trees or fences, according to http://www.city.pottsville.pa.us.

Parking where parades or special events take place are also, if possible, marked with temporary no parking signs on the previous evening. Vehicles not removed in a timely manner may be ticketed or towed away, according to the website.

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Virulent Chinese hacking group mows through US health industries – SCNow

WASHINGTON — For four years, a sophisticated group of Chinese cyberspies has cut a digital swath through the health-care industry, stealing everything from trade secrets to trial data, say security firms probing the campaign.

The group infiltrated one U.S. drugmaker by hacking into a company it was about to acquire, said a security consultant who asked not to be identified because of a confidentiality agreement. In other cases, the hackers accessed pharmaceutical labs through their connections with university researchers, scooping up trial data and other trade secrets, said Aaron Shelmire, a threat researcher for Dell SecureWorks.


A newly reported theft of personal data from 4.5 million patients served by Community Health Systems Inc., the second biggest U.S. for-profit hospital chain, may be the first time the Chinese group has targeted consumer data, terrain usually left to cybercriminals in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, say security experts after the break-in.

Usually, the group is “going after the medical engineering side of things,” Shelmire said. “Over the past year, they have hit at least 18 different companies, and have hammered the health-care sector really hard.”

The efforts of the Chinese group has forced medical technology and drug companies to make huge new investments in computer security, and left the $160 billion U.S. medical device market worrying about what may be done down the line with the pilfered data.

It coincides with a boom in China’s medical technology industry driven by a government push to invest in health care. China’s medical device industry is projected to grow 20 percent annually from 2013 through 2017, according to Jim Prutow, a principal in PwC’s health industries practice.

Nation-state actors typically target drug companies and medical device makers for their intellectual property, said JD Sherry, vice president for network security company Trend Micro Inc. They’re “looking for IP, trade secrets, to manufacture these things in China and get the market looking and smelling like the market in the U.S.,” he said.

The Chinese group goes by many names among U.S. security consultants, including Dynamite Panda, APT 18 and TG-0416. It’s most commonly known as Wekby, the group security companies say was responsible for one of the most famous hacks in recent history — the 2011 breach of the security company RSA. In that incident, hackers stole authentication keys used to protect the secrets of banks and the U.S. government.

Amit Yoran, a senior vice president at RSA, the security division of EMC Corp. said they may not be the same hackers even if their tools are the same. “Different threat actors routinely launch attacks using similar methods and seemingly even the same infrastructure,” Yoran said.

The group has also targeted defense contractors and chemical companies, according to Crowdstrike Inc., an Irvine, California-based security firm, though he said the health sector has remained a key target.

They have also stolen medical records of ethnic Chinese being treated in the U.S., which investigators say might have been used for intelligence recruiting or blackmail, according to Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer of Crowdstrike. Alperovitch declined to provide details on whether the group was a unit of the Chinese army or intelligence, or is a contractor or affiliated group.

“Once I came into the civilian market in 2012, one of the first observations I made was that Big Pharma and medical technology was a major target” and much of the activity was linked to this group, said Jeff Schilling, chief security officer for Firehost Inc., a security company based in Richardson, Texas. “It’s been a very deliberate and very sophisticated operation.”

Boston Scientific Corp. was hacked early in 2013, about the same time as Medtronic Inc. and St. Jude Medical Inc., according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, which didn’t identify the hackers. Denise Kaigler, a spokeswoman for Boston Scientific, said the company wasn’t hacked and the article “contained inaccuracies” but declined to specify them.

Medtronic didn’t return to calls requesting comment. Micki Sievwright, a St. Jude spokeswoman, said the company has been investing in security measures.

In another attack on a health company, the hackers weren’t successful in getting the data they were after by breaking in from outside. They implanted a malicious program on a computer inside a target company via a thumb drive, which means someone — either a trusted insider or someone who broke in — had to insert it manually, according to SecureWorks. That represented a significant escalation in tactics and highlighted the tools that advanced attackers have at their disposal, including in-person infiltration.

“The allegation is based on unprovable, fabricated evidence,” a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington said in an e-mail. “Cyber-espionage and hacker attack is a global concern which could only be addressed by international cooperation based on mutual trust and mutual respect. We are calling for enhancement of cooperation by the international community, including the U.S., on the issue of cybersecurity.”

The theft of social security numbers and addresses from Community Health marked new terrain for the group because it’s the kind of data that is normally harvested only for identity fraud.

One theory investigators are considering is that a rogue member of the team stole the patient data to sell on the black market and that the operation wasn’t necessarily approved by superiors, according to a person involved in the probe.

That sort of information is among the most commonly disclosed by companies. When it comes to customers’ personal data, health-care companies, in fact, have become the most infiltrated, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. Of 480 security breaches of consumers’ information recorded so far this year, 43 percent were in health care, surpassing retail as the most targeted industry, the nonprofit center said.

“That data is really a treasure trove for thieves,” Eva Velasquez, the center’s chief executive officer, said of medical records. Such data could be lucrative if used to order medical goods or pharmaceuticals for resale, for example.

Many breaches are disclosed by companies or hospitals only when patient information is taken, and companies don’t always have to say when other information may have been accessed.

As technical details of the Community Health hack spread rapidly among the small group of investigators that trace hackers for companies that market security tools, many said they instantly recognized the perpetrators. Often it was because they had raided their own customers, but the group is so potent that its activities are carefully charted by federal agents and at least a dozen major security companies.

The group is called APT 18 by Mandiant, the security firm Community Health hired to aid in its investigation. The term refers to “advanced persistent threat,” a designator Mandiant uses for hackers linked to state-sponsored espionage.

The breaches have forced companies to boost efforts to protect their computer banks. On average, health-care companies spent $2.2 million on information security in 2013, a more than 20 percent increase from the prior year, according to a PwC, CIO and CSO magazine survey.

“I recently met with three CEOs in health care and in most cases they had come to the conclusion that they definitely did under-invest,” said Mick Coady, a partner at PwC’s health information privacy & security group. “Health care is at least a decade, if not more, behind.”

_ Koons reported from New York, Robertson from San Francisco.

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More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries – Rhode Island Public Radio

Despite the economic recovery, more than 46 million Americans — or one in seven — used a food pantry last year. And a surprisingly high number of those seeking help were households with military members, according to a new survey by Feeding America, which is a network of U.S. food banks.

The survey — conducted in 2013 — found that almost 620,000 of the households using Feeding America services have at least one member currently in the military. That’s one quarter of all U.S. military households.

Deborah Flateman, who’s president and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore, says she isn’t surprised. Last year, her food bank started working with groups like the USO to provide food aid to families affiliated with nearby military bases like Fort Meade.

She says, so far, they’ve used their mobile food pantry to distributed more than 200,000 pounds of food to military families.

“They’re not unlike any of the other families that we serve,” says Flateman. “They meet hardship and they need assistance with food.”

And other food banks and pantries say they’re seeing a similar increase.

Margaret Young is with the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Dover, Del., about a mile from Dover Air Force Base. She says she noticed about four years ago that more military families were showing up at the church food pantry for help. She says they’re usually young, junior-level service members with kids.

“And then of course they have younger spouses,” says Young. “And the spouses, you know, when you have to relocate every couple of months or every couple of years, however that works, it makes it harder for them to find jobs. I think that’s the primary reason.”

Maura Daly of Feeding America says that’s what they found in their survey: Both military and non-military families are having a difficult time making ends meet. She says even though most of their clients work, they often have to make difficult choices.

“Between things like food and paying for their utilities, food and paying for transportation, food and paying for medicine or housing,” she says. “So these are literally choices that people have to make between eating, putting a roof over their head, keeping the lights on.”

In a written statement, Pentagon spokesman Nate Christensen told NPR that the Defense Department is reviewing the survey results. But he also said that military pay and benefits compare favorably with the private sector, and if a service member has financial troubles, counseling is available.

But Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association, a nonprofit group that supports military families, says service members are often reluctant to seek such help. That’s especially the case now that the military is downsizing, she says.

“People are afraid to call attention to themselves. They don’t know who’s getting picked to be asked to leave and who’s going to get to stay and what the criteria are. And so a lot of these families are just laying low,” says Raezer.

And it can also be embarrassing to admit you need help with food. Raezer wasn’t at all surprised that we were unable to get any military families to go on record for this story.

“The reason they go to the food bank is it’s anonymous,” she says.

But Raezer has no doubt the need is there, even if the Feeding America numbers seem high to her. She says some families have trouble managing their finances, with all the disruptions of military life, and especially if there’s an unexpected bill for something like a car repair.

“Which may mean at the end of the month, things are a little tighter than they should be,” she says.

And free food at the pantry might be just what they need to get by.

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China finds Mercedes-Benz guilty of price fixing: Xinhua – Orlando Sentinel

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing regulators.

The report made no mention of possible penalties, but China’s 2008 anti-monopoly law allows the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s anti-trust regulator, to impose fines of up to 10 percent of a company’s China revenues for the previous year.

An array of industries, from milk powder makers to electronics firms, have been coming under the spotlight in recent years as China intensifies its efforts to bring companies into compliance with the 2008 legislation.

The auto industry has been under particular scrutiny, with a wave of investigations prompting carmakers such as Mercedes-Benz, owned by Daimler AG , Volkswagen AG‘s Audi and BMW to slash prices on spare parts in recent weeks.

The Jiangsu Province Price Bureau, which launched an investigation last month, found evidence of anti-competitive practices after raiding Mercedes-Benz dealerships in the eastern coastal province and an office in neighboring Shanghai, Xinhua said in its report on Sunday.

A Daimler spokesman repeated a statement, first made by Mercedes-Benz on Aug. 5, that it was assisting the authorities with their investigation, adding that it was unable to comment further as it was still an on-going matter.

“It is a typical case of a vertical monopoly in which the carmaker uses its leading position to control the prices of its spare parts, repair and maintenance services in downstream markets,” Zhou Gao, chief of the anti-trust investigation at the Jiangsu bureau, told Xinhua.

Industry experts say automakers have too much leverage over car dealers and auto part suppliers in China, enabling them to control prices, considered as a violation of the country’s anti-trust laws.

The Xinhua report said the cost of replacing all the spare parts in a Mercedes-Benz C-Class could be 12 times more than buying a new vehicle, citing a report from the China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Association.

WORLD’S BIGGEST CAR MARKET

Early this month the NDRC said it would punish Audi and Fiat SpA‘s Chrysler for monopoly practices. Chinese media reported last week that Audi, the best selling foreign premium car brand in China, would be fined around 250 million yuan ($40.7 million).

Foreign car brands, all of whom operate in China through joint ventures with a local partner, have been fiercely competing to up their share in the world’s largest car market.

Daimler has said that it wants to boost China sales of Mercedes-Benz cars to more than 300,000 cars a year by 2015, while Audi expects China to make up 40 percent of its sales by 2020.

Citi analysts said in an Aug. 11 note that, should a manufacturer be hit with a penalty of even 1 percent of annual revenue, that could erode 10 percent of its joint venture’s net profit.

China’s government has in the past few years stepped up its enforcement of its anti-monopoly law, slapping several multinational companies, including Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. and Danone SA , with fines.

The government is conducting an anti-monopoly probe into U.S. tech giant Microsoft Corp , and regulators also recently said U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. had a monopoly.

(The story was refiled to fix a typo in the first paragraph)

(1 US dollar = 6.1457 Chinese yuan)

(Editing by Edwina Gibbs and Alex Richardson)

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Morning Rush Hour Report for Monday, 18 August 2014 – WBAL Radio

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****INCIDENTS AND SLOW DOWNS****

Baltimore City:  TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGE – Ramp from I-395 SOUTHBOUND to I-95 SOUTHBOUND has been restored to TWO LANES.

Baltimore County:  BRIDGE REPAIRS – Dulaney Valley Rd has been narrowed to ONE lane at the bridge over Jenkins Run, near the entrance to the Loch Raven skeet and trap club. A traffic signal regulates traffic, one direction at a time.

US 50/301 Bay Bridge:  

  • THREE lanes OPEN WESTBOUND
  • TWO lanes OPEN EASTBOUND

US 50: No incidents reported

I-70:  No incidents reported

I-83/Harrisburg Expressway:  No incidents reported

I-83/Jones Falls Expressway:  NORTHBOUND – ROLLOVER CRASH nerar Ruxton Rd – ONE LEFT lane OPEN

I-95 (North of Baltimore): No incidents reported

I-95/Fort McHenry Tunnel No incidents reported

I-95 (Baltimore City): No incidents reported

I-95 (South of Baltimore)  No incident reported

I-97: No incidents reported

I-195: No incidents reported

MD 295/Baltimore-Washington Pkwy No incidents reported

I-395: SOUTHBOUND ramp to I 95 SOUTHBOUND has been restored to TWO LANES.

I-695/OUTER Loop Beltway: No incidents reported

I-695/INNER Loop Beltway: No incidents reported

I-695/Curtis Creek Draw Span: No incidents reported

I-795: No incidents reported

I-895/Harbor Tunnel Thruway:   No incidents reported

**** MASS TRANSIT ****

MARC trains:   On or close to schedule

****DAILY ROADWORK****

None currently

****LONG TERM WORK PROJECTS****

Allegany County: BRIDGE REHABILITATION – I-68 EASTBOUND at the Crosstown Bridge in Cumberland. TWO RIGHT lanes remain BLOCKED around-the-clock.

Allegany County: Work continues to repair the I-68 Bridges over Patterson Avenue and Kelley Road in Cumberland. While two lanes will be maintained in each direction for the duration of the project, lane shifts and traffic pattern changes will occur from time to time. A lane shift occurred in late October. The ramp from Lee Street to I-68 westbound remains CLOSED.

Anne Arundel County: Bay Bridge Lane Closures Scheduled for Week of August 17th – 23rd

HEADLIGHT USE WHILE DRIVING ACROSS THE BAY BRIDGE IS NOW MANDATORY AT ALL TIMES.

The WESTBOUND span may be CLOSED:

  • Sunday from 12 midnight until 5 am Monday morning

The EASTBOUND span may be CLOSED:

  • Monday through Wednesday from 10 pm until 5 am the following morning
  • Thursday from 11 pm until 5 am on Friday
  • Saturday from 11 pm until 7 am on Sunday
  • The WESTBOUND span will carry TWO-WAY traffic during these closures

One lane of the EASTBOUND span may be CLOSED:

  • Monday through Wednesday from 9 am until 2:30 pm
  • Thursday from 9 am until 1 pm
  • The WESTBOUND span will carry TWO-WAY traffic during these closures

The RIGHT LANE of the WESTBOUND span may be blocked for about 15 minutes at 5:30 am and at 3:30 pm on Monday through Thursday and at 5:30 am and 1 pm on Friday for worker drop off and pick up at the suspension span.

When daytime two-way traffic is in effect on the westbound span, toll lanes 1 through 5, on the left side of the toll plaza will be directed into two-way flow traffic on the westbound span.

Motorists wishing to use an E-ZPass® Only lane to access the eastbound span should use toll lanes 6 or 9.

Anne Arundel County: LIGHTING UPGRADE: MD 450 at the Naval Academy Bridge Starting on Monday, workers will replace all 80 light poles and fixtures on the bridge with LED lighting. Crews will work one direction at a time and will CLOSE the bike lane and sidewalk where they are working. No travel lanes will be closed. The work is scheduled to take place from Sunday through Thursday overnights from 8 pm until 5 am the following morning and should be completed this fall.

Baltimore City: BRIDGE RE-DECKING on I-395/I-95:

  • I-95 NORTHBOUND between MD 295/Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Key Highway: The travel lanes divide around the work area, TWO lanes to the LEFT and TWO lanes to the RIGHT. Traffic in the TWO LEFT lanes WILL NOT be able to exit at Russell St (MD 295), I-395, Hanover Street or Key Highway. Motorists who want to use the I-95 exits in downtown Baltimore, must stay to the RIGHT after Caton Avenue. This change is scheduled to remain in place until late AUGUST.

  • I-95 SOUTHBOUND between I-395 and Russell Street: The traffic pattern changed on Wednesday, July 9th. ALL THREE LANES SHIFT to the LEFT around the work. 

  • In addition the RAMP from I-395 SOUTHBOUND to I-95 SOUTHBOUND has been NARROWED – ONE LANE to the LEFT, 24/7 until mid-AUGUST.

Baltimore City:  The LONG TERM WORK ZONE on Russell Street at and north of  the casino has been completed. THREE lanes are now available each way between Bush and Hamburg Streets.

Baltimore City: US 40 WESTBOUND is CLOSED between Greene Street and Pulaski Street for work on the West Baltimore MARC Station. Franklin Street WESTBOUND is now OPEN between Monroe and Pulaski Streets. The closure will likely be in effect until late July.

Baltimore City: The Frederick Avenue Bridge over the Gwynns Falls and the CSX Railroad tracks will be CLOSED for about a year for reconstruction. The bridge is located east of Caton Avenue between Font Hill Avenue and Brunswick Street on Frederick Avenue in West Baltimore. Drivers should use US 40/Edmonson Avenue or Wilkens Avenue as alternate routes.

Baltimore City: Northbound Charles Street is CLOSED between 28th Street and University Parkway. Northbound detour: Calvert Street. Southbound detour: St. Paul Street. East-west streets remain open for commuters, including the connection along Charles Street between Art Museum Drive and 33rd Street. Effective Monday, June 10th, the single lane for local traffic on Charles Street will be CLOSED between 33rd and 34th Streets for the duration of the project.

Baltimore City:  As part of the continuing project to rebuild the I-895 bridge over Potee Street, the ramp from I-895 SOUTHBOUND to Potee Street (Exit 7) remains CLOSED. The detour will direct drivers to exit I-895 SOUTHBOUND at the INNER LOOP of I-695 (Exit 3) to Washington Boulevard (Exit 10) to Patapsco Avenue and Potee Street.

Baltimore County: Work to mill, patch and repave both loops of the Beltway (I-695) between Liberty Road and Security Boulevard and between York and Providence Roads is underway. For the Beltway project between Pikesville and and Woodlawn, motorists can expect to find up to TWO lanes of I-695 CLOSED Sunday through Thursday from 7 pm until 5 am the following morning. Those who drive I-695 through Towson can expect to to find up to TWO lanes of I-695 CLOSED Sunday through Thursday from 9 pm until 5 am the following morning. The project in Towson will also require ramps in the I-695 interchanges with York, Dulaney Valley and Providence Roads to be closed at times, Sunday through Thursday from 10 pm until 5 am the following morning. Motorists driving through both work areas should be alert for mid-day shoulder closures from Monday through Friday. Both projects should be completed by the summer of 2014.

Baltimore County: Reconstruction and repairs to the curbs, sidewalks and MTA bus pads along with the repaving of Liberty Road between the Beltway and the Baltimore City/County line will cause single lane closures Mondays through Fridays from 9 am until 3 pm and Sundays through Thursdays from 7 pm until 5 am the following morning.

Baltimore County: Work on the new Middletown Road Bridge over I-83/Harrisburg Expressway continues. Single lane closures are possible each day, Monday through Friday on I-83/Harrisburg Expressway EACH WAY at the Middletown Road work zone from 9 am until 3 pm.

Carroll County: BGE NATURAL GAS LINE WORK: MD 27/Ridge Rd between Gillis Falls Rd and Warfieldsburg Rd (between Mt. Airy and Westminster) – ONE lane will be CLOSED overnights, Sundays though Thursdays from 7 pm until 5 am the following morning.

Charles County: Maintenance and inspection work continues on The Nice Bridge on US 301 at the Maryland/Virginia line. The bridge will continue to be reduced to one lane with flagging operations alternating northbound and southbound traffic, one direction at a time during the following times:

  • Mondays through Thursdays from 9 am until 3 pm.
  • Mondays through Thursdays from 8 pm until 5 am the following morning.

Trucks greater than 10-feet wide will not be permitted to cross the bridge during flagging operations. Every effort will be made to cross all vehicles exceeding 10-feet from 8 am until 8:30 am and from 3:30 pm until 4 pm. Drivers of vehicles exceeding the width restriction must call 301-259-4444 to obtain approval and schedule an escort. Calls must be made one hour prior to arrival at the bridge and will only be accepted between 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Thursday.

Frederick County: REPAVING: I-270  NORTHBOUND from MD 80/Urbana to I-70/Frederick. ONE lane will be CLOSED overnights from 10 pm until 5 am the following morning, Sundays through Thursdays until late July.

Harford County: BRIDGE REPLACEMENT – MD 7/Philadelphia Rd is CLOSED at the bridge over James Run and will remain CLOSED for the rest of the summer. MD 7 will be CLOSED between MD 543 and Abingdon Road, except for local traffic. Drivers should use US 40/Pulaski Highway as the alternate route.

Kent County: ROUNDABOUT CONSTRUCTION – MD 20 (High Street) at MD 291 (Morgnec Road) in Chestertown. Motorists can expect single lane closures on Mondays from 12 noon until 5 pm and Tuesdays through Thursdays fro 7 am until 5 pm. The work should be completed by late summer.

Montgomery County: Work to repair and upgrade the curbs, drainage, traffic signals and sidewalks on MD 355/Wisconsin Avenue between Bradley Boulevard/MD 191 and Montgomery Avenue/MD 28 will cause SINGLE lane CLOSURES, Monday through Friday from 9 am until 3 pm. Beginning next spring, upt to TWO lanes will be CLOSED overnights, Sunday through Thursday from 10 pm until 5 am the following morning for repaving. The work should be completed by Fall of 2014.

Montgomery County:  Bridge deck replacement may close up to two lanes on New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650) at Sligo Creek Parkway, Monday through Fridays from 5 am until 3 pm and from 7 pm on Saturdays until 5 am the following morning.

Prince George’s County:  Concrete barrier installation on I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway) between US 50/John Hanson Highway and MD 202/Landover will cause LEFT lane closures, overnights, Sundays through Thursdays from 9 pm until 5 am.

Prince George’s County:  Repaving and work to the extend the turn lanes on MD 197 between the Baltimore/Washington Parkway/MD 295 and Brockbridge Road will cause SINGLE lane CLOSURES, Monday through Friday from 9 am until 3 pm and possible DOUBLE lane CLOSURES, overnights Sunday through Thursday from 8 pm until 5 am the following morning.

Prince George’s County:  Milling, paving and curb, gutter, drainage and guard rail repairs are underway on US 50/John Hanson Highway between MD 202/Landover Road and MD 201/Kenilworth Avenue in Cheverly. Expect single lane closures each way, Monday through Friday from 9 am until 3 pm through 2014.

Queen Anne’s County: Overhead lighting work along an eight mile stretch of US 50 in Queen Anne’s County continues.

SHA may occasionally have temporary single lane and shoulder closures according to the following schedule:

October 1 through April 30 – Single-lane closures are permitted Monday through Friday 7 am until 5 pm, except for holidays, BOTH DIRECTIONS on US 50.

May through September 30 – Single-lane closures between 7 am until 5 pm weekdays with the following exceptions:

  • No eastbound lane or shoulder closures permitted on Fridays
  • No westbound lane or shoulder closures permitted on Mondays 

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