SHA starts synchronizing traffic lights along U.S. 1

The State Highway Administration has begun work to synchronize traffic signals at several intersections along U.S. 1 in Howard and Prince George's counties.


The traffic signals currently operate independently, creating traffic flow problems for motorists.

State highway workers will install a cable that will allow the signals to operate as a single unit.


The synchronization will help to improve traffic flow on three miles of U.S. 1 from Contee Road to North Laurel Road, highway officials said.

Intermittent single-lane closures will occur during non-peak traffic hours, and steel plates will cover construction areas to allow motorists to pass.

The project is scheduled for completion next spring.


* Annapolis Junction: 10900 block of Guilford Road: Someone broke a padlock to a gate Saturday and entered a maintenance " yard. The intruder stole a $2,500 Karcher steam cleaner. The cleaner, which requires two people to lift, was in the yard connected to a garden hose. The hose was cut and left running.

* Jessup: 8300 block of Route 1: A door hasp was broken between Saturday and Monday. An interior padlock was removed and a cola machine was pried open.

* 8000 block of Dorsey Run Road: A white and yellow 1981 Chevrolet van with blue lettering was stolen between Friday and Monday. The Maryland plates are 580 186.

* North Laurel: Washington Boulevard at North Laurel Road: Someone entered a 1991 Dodge Caravan Saturday, possibly by using a Slim Jim, and stole $230 in cash and 13 golf clubs valued at $900.


* Route 1 at North Laurel Road: A trailer vent was pried open Saturday, and an undisclosed amount of cash, a camera and a TV were taken.

* 5300 block of Brook Way: A 1984 Toyota, which was stolen from Baltimore City, was discovered abandoned Sunday.

* Savage: 9800 block of Route 1: A yellow 1983 Ford LTD was stolen from the Turf Motel between Friday and Saturday. The Maryland plates are YTB 308.