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Delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr. and Community Volunteers to Join SHA Crews for Liberty Road Litter Pick-Up Day on Saturday, September 29           
(September 28, 2007) -- The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) and a group of volunteers will conduct a community litter pickup day along MD 26 (Liberty Road)on Saturday, September 29. The volunteers, led by Delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr., will pick up litter along Liberty Road between the Baltimore City/County Line and Rolling Road between 9 a.m. and noon.           
“A clean neighborhood is a safe neighborhood,” said Delegate Burns. “Everyone living and working along Liberty Road can do their part to preserve our community by disposing of trash properly."          
SHA’s Owings Mills Maintenance Facility staff will provide guidance and traffic control along Liberty Road to ensure safety for volunteers picking up litter. SHA maintenance vehicles will accompany the groups as they move along eastbound and westbound Liberty Road.           
SHA is continuing its commitment to improve the Liberty Road corridor with its $2.5 million project to improve pedestrian safety between the Baltimore City/County Line and Brenbrook Drive. Construction work is nearly complete on the project, which provides new safety features such as median islands to help pedestrians crossing Liberty Road, and upgraded traffic signals with a digital crossing time countdown. This section of Liberty Road, a popular commercial corridor, carries between 27,000 and 45,000 vehicles per day           
This is the fourth highway improvement project along Liberty Road in recent years. The $4.5 million project to improve the I-695/Liberty Road interchange, Washington Avenue intersection and new Lord Baltimore Drive connector road was completed in 2004.           
A $2.7 million streetscape and pedestrian crossing project between Washington Avenue and Courtleigh Drive was completed in 2002; and a $1 million streetscape project between Courtleigh Drive and Anne Hathaway in 1999. In 2003, SHA reduced the speed limit along Liberty Road between the Baltimore City line and Brenbrook Drive from 40 mph to 35 mph.           
SHA reminds all motorists to buckle up, obey posted speed limits, drive safely and never throw litter onto State highways and interchanges. For more information about Liberty Road or other State-maintained roadways in Baltimore County, citizens may contact SHA’s District 4 Office at 410-321-2800 or toll free at 1-800-962-3077.           
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