The State Highway Administration issued the following statement Friday evening, after contract worker John Kahl, 54, of Port Deposit, was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 695:
"Following the tragic incident this afternoon in which a highway worker was killed, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) expresses its condolences to the family, coworkers and friends of John Kahl. An employee of Erosion Control and Landscape Services (ECLS), a subcontractor to American Infrastructure, Mr. Kahl was working along the Baltimore Beltway today when the crash occurred just after 2 p.m.
"'The men and women of SHA offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Mr. Kahl. Our contractors are an extension of our SHA team and we are truly saddened by this tragedy,'" said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.
“'With yet another person killed while working along a Maryland highway today, we are solemnly reminded that every driver should remain alert and careful to keep workers safe,'" Peters said.
"This incident occurred along the Inner Loop of I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) between exit 18 and 19 as part of preliminary work for the I-695 bridge replacement project over Milford Mill Road in Baltimore County set to begin construction this spring.
"It is critical that motorists remember that work zone safety is everyone’s business and that construction zones require every driver’s full attention. Lives of both workers and motorists are at stake. At any time, there may be hundreds of active work zones across Maryland."