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Walkways closed for replacement

The Maryland Department of General Services has closed two walkways from State Circle to the Maryland State House this week to begin a $1.4 million replacement project.

The walkways, which were put in 45 years ago, have deteriorated, and many bricks are cracked and broken. The project calls for demolishing the walkways around the State House and installing new bricks, and replacing or repointing the brick walls to avoid possible hazards for pedestrians.

Signs have been posted to alert pedestrians.

The work is expected to continue until late December and resume in the spring after the General Assembly session.

State honors Pasadena marina

A Pasadena business was certified as a "Clean Marina" last week by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, rewarding its efforts to become environmentally conscious.

Atlantic Marina on the Magothy, owned by the Brick Cos., is modernizing an older facility. It called the Clean Marina Award a helpful part of the process.

"Reviewing the permits and safety plans was one step in the paperwork involved in most any business," said marina manager Alex Hazel. "The bonus was getting improvement ideas we could use throughout the property and getting recognition for it."

Since its establishment in 1997, the Maryland Clean Marina Initiative has certified 120 marinas. The initiative, coordinated in partnership with the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, promotes voluntary adoption of pollution prevention measures. Marinas are certified by the DNR as "Maryland Clean Marinas" after they adopt recommendations and pass a site inspection by the DNR and industry representatives.

Laurel company adds 14 vehicles

Laurel-based Corridor Transportation Corp. added 14 new vehicles to its fleet Monday.

The vehicles replace buses that have been used for eight to 10 years. The 24-passenger vehicles are wheelchair-accessible and are industry-tested for 10 years and 350,000 miles.

"We are delighted to offer these new vehicles to our riders. Passengers will find the amenities greatly improved," company transit administrator Ray Ambrose said.

The new vehicles brings the total Connect-A-Ride fleet to 18 fixed-route vehicles and one paratransit vehicle.

Corridor Transportation, a private nonprofit corporation founded in 1987, offers bus service in parts of Howard, Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

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