White Oak Apartments Partially Evacuated for Electrical Fire; Businesses Invited To Learn More About Toll Lanes Project for Beltway, I-270

News, announcements and other helpful links for Monday morning


Partial evacuation ordered for electrical fire at White Oak apartments 

An electrical fire Saturday morning caused a partial evacuation at a White Oak apartment complex. About 50 firefighters were called to the Enclave Apartments at about 6:45 a.m., according to authorities. The fire was on the 15th floor of the building. Some residents were forced out of the apartment complex and others were told to shelter in place. [WJLA]

Meeting planned for project to add toll lanes to Beltway, I-270

State officials are holding a meeting to share information on plans to add toll lanes to the Beltway and Interstate 270. Companies interested in the proposal are invited to the Dec. 13 forum at BWI Airport Marriott. Gov. Larry Hogan has said the expansion project will happen through a roughly $7.6 billion public-private partnership. The state has asked companies by Dec. 20 to submit information about the undertaking. [Washington Post]

Advocates call for measures to prevent 'underride' crashes 

Safety advocates are pushing for federal laws to prevent "underride" collisions, which happen when a car slides underneath a tractor-trailer. One of these crashes in July killed a Howard County man, Moonjohn Kim, who grew up in Bethesda. During underride collisions, car occupants often become crushed under the trucks. Advocates say requiring side guards and stronger rear guards on semis would help prevent underride fatalities. [WUSA9] 

Parents lobby for funding to replace Poolesville High

Poolesville parents are urging the Montgomery County school board to replace their aging high school. Community members say the 1950s-era building for Poolesville High School is falling into disrepair and is outdated, and they’re upset that a rebuild project doesn’t have a completion date in the school system’s drafted capital improvements program. Among other things, the parents say the cafeteria is too small, portions of the building are not handicapped accessible and there is water damage in certain parts of the structure. [WJLA]

Sunny skies, temps in the 50s in Monday forecast

Monday is expected to be sunny, with temperatures climbing to about 55 degrees. Overnight lows will hit about 38 degrees, and the skies will remain mostly clear, according to the National Weather Service.

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