Inner-loop Beltway ramp to I-70 to close temporarily
The State Highway Administration will temporarily close the ramp from the inner loop of the Beltway, Interstate 695, to westbound I-70 in Baltimore County between 11 p.m. today and 11 a.m. tomorrow, weather permitting, officials said yesterday.
In addition to the ramp closure and detour, the left lanes of the Beltway's inner and outer loops will be temporarily closed during the same time.
The temporary ramp and lane closures will allow crews to repair the bridges at the I-695/I-70 interchange, officials said.
SHA officials are advising motorists to allow for extra time in the vicinity of the interchange. Message signs and temporary traffic signs will guide motorists through the ramp detour route through a Park and Ride lot.
The work is part of a $125,000 project expected to be complete by midsummer, officials said.
Lightning damages two homes
An apparent lightning strike damaged two Towson-area homes early yesterday, county fire officials said.
The lightning strike apparently sparked a blaze about 3:50 a.m. in the 1400 block of Putty Hill Ave., fire officials said.
The fire was brought under control about 5 a.m., officials said. About 50 firefighters were needed to extinguish the blaze.
No one was injured, said officials, who had no estimate of damages.
Asbestos remover is charged
A 47-year-old Parkville man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of conspiracy to violate environmental laws and obstruction of an administrative proceeding, according to the U.S. attorney's office for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Charles Victoria, a licensed asbestos removal supervisor, was hired to oversee removal of asbestos material used as insulation at the decommissioned Woodville State Hospital in Collier, Pa.,, a 200-acre property with 38 buildings and a steam line, according to the indictment.
Victoria is accused of conspiring to remove the asbestos in violation of standards and of lying to government officials investigating the cleanup.
Organ society to present concert
The Free State Theatre Organ Society will present a free concert featuring Michael Xavier Lundy performing on a Robert Morton/Wicks theater pipe organ.
The pops concert that Lundy will present is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Rice Auditorium in the Spring Grove Hospital Center, 55 Wade Ave. Catonsville. Information: 410-592-9322.