Baltimore County News
Project to widen roadway and add sidewalks
The Department of Public Works plans major improvements to Windsor Mill Road between Woodlawn Drive and Featherbed Lane to address decades-old pedestrian safety and traffic issues. If adjacent property-owners support the proposed changes, approximately a half-mile of Windsor Mill Road will be widened and sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the road in the next several years.
“We are poised for progress to greatly improve traffic and safety on this busy section of Windsor Mill Road, providing safe walkways for students and other people walking in the community,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
The proposed work will include widening the roadway from 22 feet to 36 feet and installing curbs, gutters and other necessary drainage improvements. The project is currently in the design phase, and tangible improvements are not anticipated for several years, pending a consensus of adjacent property owners. At that point, the County will negotiate right-of-way agreements with property owners, relocate utility poles and begin construction. Windsor Mill Road is currently funded only for design, and the project’s progress will hinge on local support. This is a capital project and there is no cost to the property owners.
"I am very excited to see this project move forward. The installation of sidewalks will significantly improve the safety of everyone who travels on Windsor Mill Road, both pedestrians and drivers," said 4th District Councilman Julian Jones.
Public meeting set for September 14
To gauge community interest and support, the Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, September 14 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the Woodlawn Community Center, 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, 21207.
For more information, people may contact Rahee Famili or Angelica Daniel, Highway Design Division, Department of Public Works, at 410 887-3739 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP
Director, Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services
Let’s be honest. Men are notorious for avoiding the doctor. In fact, women are 100% more likely to seek preventative care than men. Whether its stubbornness, avoidance, or even social reasons, you can’t avoid the fact that men put themselves at high risk by not being proactive about their health. Serious conditions such as high cholesterol and blood pressure don’t have obvious symptoms that can put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Also, many cancers don’t present with telltale signs until it’s too late.
Whether you’re a man, or have a man in your life that you care about, odds are a checkup is overdue. The good news is that the Baltimore County Department of Health is offering free help. On June 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations: the Woodlawn Health Center and the Eastern Family Resource Center, men ages 18 and older can receive free screenings. No appointment or insurance is necessary.
The following screenings will be offered:
- Height and weight
- Blood pressure
- HIV/STI testing
- Oral cancer
- Substance abuse
June is Men’s Health Month - a great time to man up, check up, and tune up. Get serious about your health and take advantage of these free screenings. For more information, call 410-887-2705.
Major Upgrades Address Health and Safety
The Social Security Administration has been headquartered in Woodlawn for more than 55 years, yet the agency’s main operations building has seen no major renovations or systems upgrades since it was built in 1959.
Today, Senator Barbara Mikulski announced $150 million in federal funds have been secured for major upgrades to the Altmeyer building. The renovations will address health and safety issues, meet current accessibility standards, improve space utilization and provide a comfortable, energy efficient working environment that meets 21st century standards.
11,000 Jobs in Woodlawn
The Social Security Administration is headquartered in Woodlawn. With 11,000 workers, it is Baltimore County’s single largest employer.
“This significant investment ensures that Baltimore County remains home to the Social Security Administration for decades to come,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We thank Senator Mikulski for her hard work and commitment to keeping these important jobs here.”