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Date: Jan 2018

Replacement Bridge was Completed in Six Months, Despite Weather Delays 

The replacement Gwynnbrook Avenue bridge in Owings Mills is opening today prior to afternoon rush hour traffic. Department of Public Works engineers closed the previous bridge, spanning a tributary of the Gwynns Falls between Owings Mills Boulevard and Garrison Forrest Road, in December 2016, when inspectors identified safety concerns related to diminished structural integrity. The reopening is important to the community because this bridge carries some 7,000 vehicles per day.  

Construction of the replacement bridge had been underway since last July and included the relocation of utilities and a stream diversion to maintain the tributary’s flow as the project proceeded. A water line, which runs through Gwynnbrook Avenue, was then relocated to permit construction, and the old, 23-foot long bridge was demolished.

The new Gwynnbrook Avenue bridge is a two-lane, single-span, pre-stressed concrete, slab bridge. It is roughly square in outline: fifty feet long and fifty-three feet wide with sidewalks on both sides. Construction costs were about $2.6 million, with 80 percent of the expense covered by the federal government’s bridge program. 

Says Particularly Appalling in Context of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz today issued the statement below following President Trump’s attack on the people of Haiti and African nations:

“As the leader of an increasingly diverse and growing county, I note the sharp irony that while we celebrate the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are plagued by the racist and ignorant words of our American president. President Trump’s disgraceful slurs against the people of Haiti and the continent of Africa are inexcusable.

Dr. King surely would be saddened by the continuing racial discrimination and inequality in our modern society. ‘Nothing in all the world,' he said, ‘is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.’  Fitting words to match current times.”

Baltimore County’s offer of free job placement services to all Sam’s Club Owings Mills employees has been rejected by Walmart. In response, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is sending an open letter offering direct services to the 169 employees at Sam’s Club in Owings Mills who lost their jobs when the store was closed without warning January 11. 

“Time matters when your employer just snatched away your paycheck. Walmart rejected our offer to help laid off workers find new jobs,” said Kamenetz. “This is outrageous.”

Baltimore County’s rapid response team reached out to Walmart with an offer to help employees find new jobs. They were told the County’s professional job counselors could not talk to the Sam’s Club employees.

“Walmart did not just shut the door on a store, they shut the door on 169 men and women and their families. These are hardworking people, suddenly without a job, hoping they will be able to pay the rent, buy food, and afford heat this winter,” said County Executive Kamenetz.    

Following is the Open Letter to Sam’s Club Owings Mills employees.  

An Open Letter to the Employees of the Sam’s Club in Owings Mills

Baltimore County stands ready to provide support to the employees of the Owings Mills Sam’s Club who have lost jobs as a result of the sudden closure of the store January 11. “Our goal is to help you quickly get back on your feet and back to work,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Our free services include:

  • Helping you find a new job.
  • Information on employment and training opportunities, career counseling resources, labor market outlook, and unemployment insurance.
  • Professional outplacement sessions on job search techniques, resume writing, and interview skills.
  • Career consultation for individuals.
  • Connections to emergency resources.

To access these free services, please call or visit one of Baltimore County’s American Job Centers.


3637 Offutt Road Randallstown, MD 21133 Phone: 410-887-8912

Hours:   Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Opens at 11 a.m. the third Thursday of the month
  • Computer lab open until 4 p.m. daily

Hunt Valley

11101 McCormick Road, Suite 102 Hunt Valley, MD 21031 Phone: 410-887-7940

Hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Opens at 11 a.m. the second Monday of the month
  • Computer lab open until 4 p.m. daily


7930 Eastern Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21224  Phone: 410-288-9050

Hours:   Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Closes at noon the third Friday of the month
  • Computer lab open until 4 p.m. daily

Baltimore County can help you assess your skills, update your resume and connect you with new job opportunities.

We look forward to helping you find your next job.






Revised September 11, 2017