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Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz encourages County residents to follow @BACOemergency on Twitter for emergency updates from the Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. @Bacoemergency provides the latest information during emergency situations, such as the water main break being repaired by Baltimore City in the Hunt Valley area, as well as severe weather events and other emergencies. @BACOemergency also provides routine recommendations for emergency preparedness and safety throughout the year.
“This is a direct source of updated information from our emergency managers to let people to know what is happening during an emergency and what steps they may need to take to protect their families and property,” Kamenetz said.
No Twitter account or login is required to view @BACOemergency updates – just visit https://twitter.com/BACOemergency. As with many organizational social media accounts, the County’s emergency managers provide outgoing messages but are not in a position to respond to followers. If you have an emergency, call 911. Please contact the Baltimore City Water Department at 410-396-5352 with questions about repairs to the water main break on York Road.
Completes important connection between Owings Mills and Liberty Road Corridor
Dozens of cheering community leaders from the Randallstown and Owings Mills areas came out this morning to help Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz cut a ribbon to officially open the final stretch of Owings Mills Boulevard, completing a much-anticipated link between these residential and business communities.
This new 1.2 mile roadway connects Winands Road to Liberty Road (Route 26), joining existing portions of the boulevard to form a continuous 3.8-mile route from Reisterstown Road to Liberty Road and connecting two centers of development.
“Completing Owings Mills Boulevard not only promotes economic prosperity, but will ease local traffic congestion and diminish cut-through traffic,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “This is a major infrastructure investment for our community.”
About the new roadway
Construction for the $13 million dollar construction project began in the fall of 2013 and has been part of the County’s Master Plan since the County purchased the land for highway construction in the 1980s. The landscaped roadway is four lanes, has a raised median and features sidewalks on both sides – one designated for both pedestrians and bicycles. The retaining walls feature an attractive faux-stone finish.
The Department of Public Works worked closely with area residents and businesses to ensure that the construction would have the least impact possible. Construction was scheduled to take into account residential and customer parking needs and the County accommodated businesses along Liberty Road, as well as businesses and residents of Kings Park Estates and Woodridge with landscaping, lights, signs and new paving.
“This final section of Owings Mills Boulevard opens up a major artery and will relieve traffic by keeping drivers from zig-zagging through side streets to get where they need to go,” said 4th District Councilman Julian Jones.
$30 million in roadway investments for Randallstown
The newly completed $13 million route is part of Baltimore County’s $30 million investment in the Randallstown growth area since 2008. In addition to this important roadway extension, transportation infrastructure in this area has been enhanced with the previous extension of Owings Mills Boulevard from Lyons Mill Road to Winands Road (completed in 2012), and the widening of Lyons Mill Road between Owings Mills Boulevard and Marriottsville Road (completed in 2012).
Teri Rising, Preservation Planner
Baltimore County Office of Planning
If your travels don’t normally take you across the newly restored Jericho Covered Bridge on Jericho Road in Kingsville, it’s worth a special trip to see this beautiful landmark and to visit the historic Jerusalem Mill Village. The Jericho Road Covered Bridge, jointly owned by Baltimore and Harford Counties, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 13, 1978 and the Baltimore County Landmarks List on October 31, 1978. It was among the first group of landmarks to be designated by the newly created Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission. While Maryland has a significant collection of historic bridges representing multiple eras of construction, the Jericho Road Covered Bridge is the only covered bridge surviving in Baltimore and Harford Counties and one of a handful remaining in the state.
Constructed in 1865, the bridge is significant as the last such span in either Baltimore or Harford Counties and its basic structure is an authentic survivor of the 19th century horse-drawn era. Historic documentation suggests that it may have been built to provide a free crossing by avoiding area toll roads like the Joppa Rolling Road (since renamed Bradshaw Road) and the Jerusalem Pike or Philadelphia Turnpike.
The earliest bridges in the County were often constructed and maintained by local landowners at their own expense or by turnpike companies. As the road system grew, Baltimore County systematically funded the construction of many bridges, often replacing crude wood bridges or bridges damaged by flood or fire. Citizens of both Baltimore and Harford Counties had been asking the Baltimore County Commissioners to fund a bridge crossing over the Little Gunpowder Falls for some time. Following the presentation of petitions filed on behalf of residents from both counties, a bill was passed on March 4, 1864. The winning bridge proposal was for a Burr arch through truss bridge, named for design inventor, Theodore Burr of Pennsylvania, who patented the support design in 1804. The bridge was completed by December of 1865 under the supervision of Thomas F. Forsyth.
The recently unveiled $1.7 million restoration represents a multiyear effort undertaken with the cooperation of Federal, State and local government agencies, engineers and preservationists who had the challenging task of balancing transportation requirements, funding availability and historic preservation goals in the early project planning stages. The bridge had previously undergone two substantial rehabilitations in the mid 1930’s and 1982, but some of the later work was not sensitive to some historic elements.
The County Department of Public Works carefully planned and performed this most recent restoration so that the historic features and character of the bridge were revealed, retained and preserved. The result of this combined effort is a careful and historically sensitive restoration that returned the bridge to its 1930’s era appearance.
John McGrain, “Jericho Covered Bridge: BA-361”, National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, (July, 1977)
John McGrain, The Molinography of Maryland: a tabulation of mills, furnaces, and primitive industries [Maryland State Archives, 2007]
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Louis Berger & Associates and P.A.C. Spero & Company, “Historic Highway Bridges In Maryland: 1631-1960, Historic Context Report”, (Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration, October, 1995)
“Covered Bridge, Jericho Road spanning Little Gunpowder Falls, Jerusalem, Baltimore County, MD.”, Survey (photographs, measured drawings, written historical and descriptive data), Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1977. From Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (HABS MD, 13-JERU.V, 1- http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/md0655/ accessed April 5, 2016).
Jack L. Shagena, Jr., Jerusalem, A Preserved Mill Village, [Baltimore, MD: Jack L. Shagena Jr., 2007]
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Revised April 6, 2016