The long-awaited traffic light at Gorman Road and U.S. 1 will be activated in early December, according to State Highway Administration officials.
Highway officials had expected that it would be spring before they could activate the light, said Gene Straub, an assistant district engineer. But workers at the Freestate Development site -- a project that will include a neighborhood shopping center -- have finished more of the work around Gorman Road and U.S. 1 than highway officials originally had thought, he said.
That clears the way for the state to activate the traffic light sooner than expected, he said.
By tomorrow, Gorman Road will reopen after two weeks of construction. Mr. Straub estimates that it will take another two weeks to add power and set the timing on the traffic light.
* Jessup: 10100 block of Route 1: Laurel police arrested a 27-year-old Laurel man on auto theft charges Friday after stopping him for driving while intoxicated. The car, a 1990 Buick Regal, was reported stolen in Arlington, Va.
* Savage: 8400 block of Savage Guilford Road: Someone cut a lock from a shed Friday night or Saturday, but nothing was taken.