Backups are expected at Wilson Bridge
Transportation officials are urging motorists to avoid the Woodrow Wilson Bridge this weekend or risk being caught in severe backups.
Crews will be finishing work on connections to new lanes on the bridge, which carries Interstate 95 over the Potomac River in suburban Washington. When the work is finished, the new bridge will carry five lanes of Capital Beltway traffic in each direction rather than the current three.
Starting today at 9 p.m., the inner loop of the beltway will be reduced to one lane, and several ramps on each side of the river will be closed.
John Undeland, a spokesman for the bridge project, said a similar operation - carried out when the first span of the replacement bridge opened in 2006 - caused delays of up to 90 minutes. He suggested that drivers who use the bridge this weekend "pack a lunch."
He said officials hope to open all lanes to traffic by noon Sunday and that even if there are weather-related delays, "absolutely, positively, all ramps and lanes will be open Monday at 5 a.m."
Undeland suggested that Baltimore-area travelers headed for Richmond, Va., and beyond take U.S. 301 through Southern Maryland and connect with I-95 north of the Virginia capital. As an alternative, he said, motorists could take the Capital Beltway to the west of Washington via the American Legion Bridge.
Drivers headed for Northern Virginia could take Interstate 295 (the Anacostia Freeway) to Interstate 395 through Washington and cross the 14th Street Bridge, he said.
Animal health rules violated, state says
State agriculture officials have charged the operator of the Westminster Livestock Auction Market with four counts of violating animal health regulations.
James Horak is charged with two counts of failing to provide humane treatment by improperly moving a downed animal and failing to euthanize in a timely manner an animal that was in obvious distress. Horak is also charged with one count of failing to provide the needed equipment for handling, moving and, if necessary, euthanizing the animal, and one count of failing to euthanize the downed animal at the close of the sale or place it in the care of a licensed veterinarian.
The charges come after an investigation into reported inhumane treatment of a nonambulatory cow at the auction April 22 and April 23.
Horak has 15 days to respond to the charges and could face a hearing before an administrative judge.
Strip club is closed temporarily
The city liquor board temporarily closed a strip club on The Block after representatives from the club failed to show up yesterday for a violations hearing.
Foxy Lady, at 16 Custom House Ave., was to go before the board to answer accusations that the owners bought alcohol from an unlicensed distributor. Liquor board commissioner Elizabeth C. Smith said the club will not have its liquor license and adult entertainment license at least until the next scheduled hearing, set for June 12.
In October, the board levied a $700 fine against Foxy Lady after undercover police officers testified that a dancer offered them sex in exchange for money. Earlier that year, the club was closed for a period after a city Health Department inspector discovered used condoms in the VIP room, as well as roaches and other unsanitary conditions, according to police reports.
The liquor board has closed four other bars this year for violations, including Club Mate in Brooklyn. But yesterday, a Baltimore circuit judge allowed Club Mate to remain open until its appeals hearing this summer, according to the liquor board.
Nursing department open house today
An open house to recruit faculty for Baltimore City Community College's department of nursing and allied health programs is set from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today in Room 202 of the college's Liberty Campus Nursing Building, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. Openings need to be filled for full-time and adjunct nursing and allied health career training professionals, and college human resources staff will be available to conduct interviews. Information: www.bccc.edu, or Dorothy Holley, 410-462-7786.
Gun scare at high school
Police were notified yesterday after administrators at Howard High School received information that a student planned to bring a gun to school.
The student did not show up yesterday, and students were not in danger, according to the officials at the Ellicott City school. Police were on the campus when students arrived as a precaution.