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Traffic levels normal on rainy holiday

May 28, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Traffic on interstate highways in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania Sunday was at typical holiday levels, according to state police in the Tri-State area.

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Despite a light rain, the roads did not present a problem for Memorial Day weekend travelers.

A Maryland State Police dispatcher in Hagerstown said there was a one-car accident at mile marker 3 of Interstate 81 Sunday afternoon, but information was not available. There were also a few minor accidents near the Valley Mall, she said.

West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper Dean Olack said Interstate 81 traffic was "pretty steady" in the Martinsburg area.

"There are not large volumes, as we expected," he said. "Everything's been going pretty good."

The State Police dispatcher in Hagerstown called traffic there "heavy."

In Frederick, Md., Maryland State Police Sgt. Robert Reid said the vehicle flow on Interstate 70, Interstate 270, U.S. 340 and U.S. 15 was "moderate to heavy."

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Pennsylvania State Police Trooper James Johnston said Sunday afternoon that there had been no accidents on Interstate 81 as it runs through Franklin County, Pa.

Carol Werner, who was answering phones at AAA West Penn/West Virginia/South Central Ohio on Sunday, said not many calls for service had come in.

She speculated traffic would probably pick up on Monday because most people travel at the beginning and end of holiday weekends.

"Today was worse than yesterday, but it was not extraordinarily bad," said Heather Freed, a dispatcher for the AAA region that covers southern Pennsylvania.

"There were a few accidents, but nothing out of the ordinary," Freed said. "Because the weather is so rainy, it's helped us out."

John Margraf of the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said between 0.3 and 0.4 inches of rain had fallen Sunday at Hagerstown Regional Airport as of 5 p.m.

The temperature was in the low- to mid-50s in the Tri-State region at that time. Margraf said the high for Sunday in Hagerstown was 57 degrees, coming between 2 and 4 p.m.

Today, rain is expected to fall off and on, he said. Skies will clear up in the afternoon, with the sun possibly appearing late in the afternoon.

The high will probably be in the mid-60s, according to Margraf.

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