Road Map of Transportation Priorities

By Southern Maryland Notebook
Thursday, July 17, 2008

The design of a new Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge, a six-lane Route 2/4 between Broomes Island and Plum Point roads, and an improved road network in Dunkirk Town Center top Calvert County's list of transportation priorities.

The Calvert Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to send a list of several billion dollars' worth of transportation and safety projects to the Tri-County Council. The council is updating the region's priorities before the Maryland secretary of transportation's annual road tour this fall.

Southern Maryland gets "a lot of kudos at the state level" for its legislators' working together to get capital funding, board President Wilson H. Parran (D-Huntingtown) said.

The list includes Park-and-Ride facilities in Dunkirk and Prince Frederick, more commuter bus service, sidewalks along Main and Church streets in Prince Frederick and a completed Lusby Town Center streetscape.

The Waldorf Bypass and mass transit along routes 5 and 301 were listed as regional priorities. The commissioners also agreed to send a letter supporting Charles County's position to improve the Gov. Harry W. Nice Bridge over the Potomac River but said the toll bridge should pay for its own improvements.

"I don't think it is something that should be parachuted into the top priorities," said Commissioner Gerald W. Clark (R-Lusby), Calvert's representative on the council.

St. Mary's to Screen Volunteers

Beginning in August, St. Mary's County public schools will implement new procedures for screening volunteers, including background checks.

Two classifications of volunteers have been established: registered and temporary.

Registered volunteers serve on an occasional or routine basis and may have unsupervised contact with students at or away from the school site. Registered volunteers include chaperones for field trips and overnight school trips, coaches, tutors, student teachers, mentors and school office and classroom aides.

Registered volunteers will have to complete an application for a formal background screening, paid by the school system.

Temporary volunteers participate in a single event and will not have unsupervised contact with students. This group includes chaperones for field trips and school dances, and guest speakers.

Temporary volunteers will have to complete a volunteer application to be screened against the National Sex Offender Registry.

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