Friday, November 30, 2012
The Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer recently featured the bird-watching attraction.
Bald eagles are nesting at the Conowingo Dam, and The Washington Post took note, publishing a photo gallery Thursday of birds soaring over the water near the gates. The birds build their nests in Maryland from November to February, according to the U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Service, and lay eggs between January and April. More than 80 chicks were reportedly born last year on Aberdeen Proving Ground alone, according to WJZ, evidence that the bird, which was removed from the endangered species list in 2007, is making a comeback in Harford County and neighboring areas. The trove of bald eagles at the Conowingo Dam has attracted more photographers with long lenses "than on the sidelines of a pro sports event," The Philadelphia Inquirer …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
However, there is another problem, according to local leaders.
The Conowingo Dam has two spill gates open as of Wednesday evening, and officials in Havre de Grace say they are not concerned. “We were advised by the National Weather Service that it’s not going to be an issue,” Scott Hurst, chief of the Susquehanna Hose Company, said Oct. 31. “They don’t expect any flooding," he continued. "We were certainly prepared for that—I thought we would have a few days’ break and be back at it this weekend, but I think we’re in the clear.” Previously, city officials were concerned that high water from New York and Pennsylvania would spill into Havre de Grace in the days following the storm. As of Wednesday, Hurst said: “We don’t anticipate any problems.” Hurst is so confident there won’t be any flooding that he…
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Expect delays in northern Harford County on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Work on the Conowingo Dam will cause traffic delays on Route 1 Thursday between Shures Landing Road and Route 222, according to Explore Harford. Lanes will be closed in both directions for 15 to 20-minute intervals as crews move the gates of the dam from the Conowingo Dam Visitor Center parking lot to the Conowingo Dam, CecilDaily.com reported. The gates were moved in late March for routine maintenance, The Baltimore Sun reported. Delays may occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, according to Explore Harford.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Road work at the Conowingo Dam is planned from Friday night through Sunday night.
Motorists should expect delays on the Conowingo Dam this weekend as the southbound lane is closed for ongoing resurfacing. The State Highway Administration said traffic will be alternated via a flagging operation during the temporary closure, which should begin around 6 p.m. on Friday and run until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Darlington will hold its annual parade and fireworks Saturday evening. The resurfacing of the northbound lane was completed earlier this month, according to the State Highway Administration. Motorists may use Interstate 95 or U.S. Route 40 as alternate routes across the Susquehanna River. This weekend's work should complete the $1.2 million resurfacing project, the SHA said. TELL US: How will you handle the road work this …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Route 1 at the Conowingo Dam was closed to traffic Friday evening.
UPDATED (10:20 p.m.)—An accident left one injured and closed traffic Friday evening on U.S. Route 1 over the Conowingo Dam near Darlington. Traffic was shut down for a time Friday evening, but was re-opened as of 10:15 p.m., according to the duty officer at the North East barrack of the Maryland State Police. The accident took place around 7 p.m. Friday on the Conowingo Dam, which carries U.S. Route 1 over the Susquehanna River. See the Patch commute tab for up to date traffic data. Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association, told Patch that one patient was transported to an area hospital after the crash. The circumstances surrounding the crash were not immediately clear, but emergency crews had to …
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Road work on U.S. Route 1 at the Conowingo Dam was slated for two May weekends.
Roadwork is causing significant delays on U.S. Route 1 at the Conowingo Dam this weekend. The Maryland State Highway Administration is paving lanes on the bridge deck. This period of road work should be complete by 6 a.m. on Monday. "There are delays in each direction of US 1 at the Conowingo Dam due to construction. There is a flagging operation in effect. We recommend motorists to use I-95 or US 40 as alternates," SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar told Patch in an email. Roadwork is being confined to the weekends. Aside from the Conowingo Dam, the Tydings Bridge (Interstate 95) and Hatem Bridge (U.S. Route 40) are the only alternate routes to cross the Susquehanna River south of the Mason Dixon Line. Both bridges have tolls heading north, …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Paving will begin Friday and run through two weekends this month.
Route 1 will be limited to lane closures on the Conowingo Dam this weekend as the State Highway Administration paves lanes on the bridge deck. Lane closures on southbound U.S. Route 1 will begin Friday at 6 p.m. and run through 6 a.m. on Monday. Traffic will be limited to one lane again between May 18 and May 21, according to a statement from the SHA. The paving on southbound Route 1 is to be complete by the end of May. For live traffic updates, utilize the Patch Commute tab. Motorists should be on the lookout for flag operations as well as message signs to direct traffic. Northbound lanes will be shut down in similar fashion next month with the goal of having both lanes completed by June 30. The $1.2 million patching and resurfacing …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
U.S. Route 1 will be closed for at least four hours police said.
UPDATED (2:53 p.m.)—An accident at the Conowingo Dam shut down traffic on U.S. Route 1 for about nine hours Wednesday, Maryland State Police told Patch Wednesday. The road was reopened to traffic around 2 p.m., according to state police. The accident, which involved farm equipment and a tractor trailer, took place shortly before 4:48 a.m. on the dam, which carries Route 1 over the Susquehanna River, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. One person was taken by Darlington Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment, according to Gardiner. As a result of the accident, a large quantity of diesel fuel spilled in the area along with other contents …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Two crash victims were transported to Christiana Hospital in Delaware.
UPDATE (6:05 p.m.)—An accident involving a motorcycle and at least two other vehicles on the Conowingo Dam was reported at about 4 p.m. Sunday, Maryland State Police confirmed. U.S. Route 1, near the dam in Darlington, closed for about an hour and 45 minutes after the accident, police said. Two crash victims were transported—one by helicopter and another by ambulance—to Christiana Hospital in Delaware for treatment, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. Maryland and Delaware State Police and volunteer fire firefighters from Port Deposit responded, Gardiner said. For more on local traffic conditions, check out Patch's Commute tab. Alternate routes for crossing the Susquehanna include U.…
Sunday, April 8, 2012
The Susquehanna River offers a chance to glimpse Bald Eagles.
Just beneath the Conowingo Dam lies a significant habitat for resident and migratory Bald Eagles. For that reason, photographers and sightseers often flock to the landing below the dam to catch a glimpse of the magnificent birds. Havre de Grace photographer Ed Rybczynski recently captured some of the eagles in flight along the Susquehanna River. TELL US: Have you seen the eagles at the Conowingo Dam? Have you spotted eagles elsewhere in Harford County? Leave a comment.