Jan 15, 2014

Hagerstown theater seeks public funds for repairs

HAGERSTOWN — The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown is seeking public funds for $1.5 million in improvements before its 100th birthday next year. The Herald-Mail reported in its Wednesday edition on plans for the theater that is home to the Miss Maryland pageant. Theater managers are seeking $260,000 each from the city and Washington County, […]

Jul 19, 2013

Md. water pipe could return to use this weekend

OXON HILL — Water officials in Maryland say they hope to put a major water pipe back into service this weekend after repairs. Work on the pipe has meant that hundreds of thousands of people in southern Prince George’s County have been under mandatory water restrictions since Tuesday evening. Officials originally said part of the […]

Dec 4, 2012

Metro overtime budget overspent by 62 percent

WASHINGTON — Washington’s Metro transit agency has exceeded its overtime budget by 62 percent so far this year as it tries to tackle a repair backlog. Metro has spent $9.2 million more than budgeted on overtime in the first quarter of the fiscal year that began in July. That’s according to a report to be […]

Aug 19, 2012

Merchants welcome reopening of Light Street

When construction crews arrived on Light Street to repair a broken water main July 16, Department of Public Works officials told the public they’d be done in three weeks.

Aug 13, 2012

Light Street water main repairs to be done by Aug. 20

Nearly a month after a 20-inch water main burst downtown, buckling pavement on Light Street near Redwood Street, city officials say repairs are expected to be completed by Monday. Department of Public Works’ workers working to repair the damage caused by the July 16 break near the city’s waterfront say that the work will wrap […]

Jul 17, 2012

Repairs to broken water main to take 3 weeks

Public works officials say repairs to the broken 20-inch water main downtown near the Inner Harbor will take three weeks to complete. Commuters are warned that rush hours are looking for bad for that time, but don’t have to be if drivers stay away from Light Street between Redwood and Lombard streets. Department of Public […]

Jul 9, 2012

Heat’s costs adding up

Weathering this month’s oppressive heat wave, with day after blistering day of near-record mercury readings, was enough to make one crack. Finally, U.S. Route 50 did. A 50-foot portion of the concrete east-west highway that connects the Washington, D.C., suburbs to Annapolis and Maryland’s beaches cracked, buckled and turned itself into a mini-ramp sometime after […]

Jul 9, 2012

Repairs set for 54-inch water main in Baltimore

Public works officials in Baltimore say there may be brief interruptions in water service when a 54-inch main in the southwestern part of the city is repaired. An inspection revealed a potential failure on the main that runs from the Ashburton Water Filtration Plant to Howard and Anne Arundel counties. The main is being monitored […]

Jul 9, 2012

Washington Monument repairs require huge scaffold

WASHINGTON — Repairs to the Washington Monument will require massive scaffolding to be built around the 555-foot obelisk and may keep it closed into 2014 after it was damaged by an earthquake last year, the National Park Service said Monday. A damage assessment by engineers who inspected the stone structure by rappelling from the top […]

Jun 1, 2012

NTSB: Poor safeguards caused fatal 2010 Metro accident

WASHINGTON — Inadequate safeguards and poor communications are to blame for a Metro transit accident that killed two workers doing track work two years ago, federal safety investigators said Friday. The National Transportation Safety Board issued its final report on the Jan. 26, 2010 accident, which occurred when a hi-rail vehicle struck and killed two […]

Mar 5, 2012

Historic western Maryland bridge closed to visitors

GRANTSVILLE — A nearly 200-year-old bridge spanning the Casselman River in western Maryland has been closed indefinitely for repairs. The Cumberland Times News reports that parts of a stone wall have crumbled and fallen from the Casselman River Bridge near Grantsville. The damage was discovered Tuesday. The bridge was part of the National Road until […]

Feb 17, 2012

Realities of Real Estate: The rules of the road for a home inspection

As we get into spring, a lot of homes will be going under contract. But getting your house under contract isn’t a guarantee that it’ll get to settlement. The inability of a buyer to secure financing can derail a purchase, but the biggest bone of contention that comes up is often the home inspection. More […]

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