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SHA Shifts Traffic to Temporary Road for MD 725 Bridge Project in Upper Marlboro

STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION SHIFTS TRAFFIC TO TEMPORARY DETOUR ROAD FOR MD 725 BRIDGE PROJECT IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
 
Shift Begins Thursday Morning January 6

(January 4, 2011) – On Thursday, January 6 the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is closing the existing MD 725 (Old Marlboro Pike) Bridge over Federal Spring Branch to begin the demolition phase of the bridge project in Upper Marlboro.  SHA will shift traffic on both directions of MD 725 to a temporary detour road located adjacent to the existing bridge.

Cheapest Gas Price in Upper Marlboro

According to AAA, the cheapest gas price in Upper Marlboro is $2.869 at Crain Highway BP.  This gas station is located at 6303 Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, MD.

“Move Over” Law Now In Effect

On October 1st, a newly enacted law went into effect throughout the state of Maryland.  It has been referred to as the “Move-Over” law and is designed to increase the safety of first responders stopped alongside the roadways throughout the State. 

The purpose of this law is to provide an increased layer of separation between the law enforcement officer, fire/rescue personnel, and/or motorists stopped on the shoulder of a highway.  This is accomplished by motorists either safely moving out of the travel lane next to where the emergency vehicle - operating it’s emergency lights is, or if that is not possible, to reduce their speed while passing the stopped emergency vehicle.

 

Under Transportation Article Title 21, Section 405 (e):

Prince George's County Bus Service Continues to Suffer

Members of Teamsters Local 639 working for Veolia/TheBus remain on strike today after the company refused to agree to a settlement proposed by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service that would have resulted in an end to the current job action and an immediate restoration of regular bus service to the residents of Prince George's County, Md.

Late Wednesday night, the union agreed to a proposal by Federal Mediators to end the strike, return to work and extend the current contract another six months to allow for additional bargaining between the two sides. Veolia negotiators refused to immediately agree to the proposal, promising to give their answer to the Federal Mediators the morning of Thursday, Sept. 30. Late Thursday night the mediator was informed that Veolia completely rejected an extension and refused to allow drivers back to work.

"We have done all we can to settle this dispute," said Tommy Ratliff, President of Local 639 in Washington D.C.

Prince George's County Bus Drivers Strike

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Bus drivers in Prince George's County are on strike and say they won't return to work until their demands are met.

Service on TheBus was limited Monday and Tuesday. Veolia Transportation, which operates the service, says it brought in workers from other areas to drive some routes.

About 14,000 people ride TheBus daily.

Union members say they want better job security, health insurance and higher wages. They're also seeking changes to a disciplinary policy.

A spokeswoman for Veolia says the dispute is primarily about cameras installed on the buses to monitor driver behavior.

The county has suspended fares on all routes until the strike ends.

Residents can call 301-324-BUSS (2877) or visit this site for schedule information.