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Route 450 closing, detour announced

The State Highway Administration will close a section of Route 450, also called Defense Highway, to through traffic between Crofton and Annapolis this month to replace the bridge over Bacon Ridge Branch at the headwaters of the South River.

Next week, detour signs will be posted advising motorists of the closure. After schools are dismissed for the summer, the roadway will be closed between Rutland Road and the Ridges Gateway. Motorists will be detoured to Route 424 (Davidsonville Road) and U.S. 50 during the construction.

The detour will be lifted before the start of the 2008-2009 school year. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of September, weather permitting.

The $2 million project includes a new two-lane bridge with wide shoulders for bicycle and pedestrian access. To reduce flooding, the SHA will also elevate the road east of the bridge. The new bridge will be built in sections off-site and then shipped to the bridge location for installation in hopes of minimizing road closure and work time, as well as the environmental impact at the construction site.

The project is funded in part by an $800,000 federal grant from the Highways for Life program, which encourages innovative design, materials and techniques in bridge construction.

The Route 450 bridge over Bacon Ridge Branch was built in 1925 and carries about 8,000 vehicles daily.

For questions about the project, call the SHA District 5 Office at 410-841-1000 or 800-331-5603.

Officers to run in fundraiser

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County police departments will participate in today's annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

To help raise money and awareness for the athletes taking part in the Summer Games, county police officers will take the torch from city officers about 4 p.m. at the World War II Memorial, at Route 450 and Chase Road in Annapolis.

County officers will travel about 15 miles along the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail through Arnold, Severna Park and Pasadena and stop at the Glen Burnie Town Center.

The Special Olympics will be held Friday to Sunday at Towson University.

For more information, call Lt. Katherine Goodwin at 410-222-1950.

Fire Dept. to honor volunteer officers

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department will hold an inaugural event Saturday to honor volunteer members who have been officially recognized as officers in the department.

The ceremony acknowledging years of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice will be held at 11 a.m. in the hall at the Orchard Beach Fire Station, 7549 Solley Road, Pasadena.

"We are extremely proud of our volunteers," Chief David L. Stokes said. "Our volunteer officers are required to meet rigorous national standards for professional certification, and in many instances have served their communities for longer than most people have a career."

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