Traffic delays expected for officer's funeral

Motorists in western and northern Baltimore County can expect to encounter delays Monday as a result of a funeral procession for a Baltimore officer who was killed in a vehicle crash.

Baltimore County police said the delays will begin about 11:30 a.m. after a funeral service for Officer James Fowler at St. Mark Church in Catonsville. The delays are expected to continue into the early afternoon between there and Timonium.

Police said the procession will leave the church and proceed to Winters Lane in Catonsville, then travel on Edmondson Avenue to the Beltway, where it will head north on the Inner Loop. From the Beltway, it will travel north on Interstate 83 and exit onto Padonia Road until reaching Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Parking along Padonia Road east of the entrance to the cemetery will be reserved for overflow funeral parking. Police said they do not know how many vehicles to expect, but law enforcement funerals in the region have typically attracted hundreds of vehicles and resulted in significant backups. Police are asking residents and other drivers to use alternate routes.

Such funeral processions have in the past been a point of contention between residents near the cemetery and officers. Neighbors complain that they have been trapped in their homes for hours, while police contend that well-attended funeral processions are an important part of their culture.

Fowler, 61, was killed last Monday in a single-vehicle crash in Pennsylvania while traveling to a training session at Penn State. He was a 33-year veteran of the city police force. An earlier version misstated the type of funeral services. The Sun regrets the error.

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