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What's wrong with this picture?

September 20, 2009

Editor's note: Each Monday, The Herald-Mail will highlight an infrastructure issue or other problem and will try to find out what is being done to fix or improve the situation.

We will not tackle situations involving neighborhood or domestic disputes or consumer problems.

The problem: There are wide cracks and holes in the concrete pad at the easternmost entrance to the Hagerstown Market House parking lot off West Church Street. The Market House contains the Hagerstown Fire Department administrative offices and is the site of the Hagerstown City Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown Public Works Department

What they say: City Engineer Rodney Tissue said the concrete has deteriorated over time and is "basically at the end of its life."

Tissue said the city would close that entrance on Monday to replace the concrete and also address an accessibility issue with the curb. The work will take two days to complete, but the concrete will have to cure for the rest of the week, Tissue said, adding the city would try to have it open for the Hagerstown City Farmers Market on Saturday.

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"We appreciate that it was brought to our attention, and we're going to address it next week, weather- permitting," he said.

Following up: Paving work started last week on Summit Avenue south of Memorial Boulevard, where a U-shaped gouge in the pavement featured in the Aug. 24 "What's wrong with this picture?" made for a bumpy drive. That paving work was part of the city's scheduled pavement maintenance, Tissue said.

-- Compiled by Heather Keels

If you are aware of a safety problem, a major annoyance or a pet peeve that one of our governmental bodies, an agency or an organization is responsible for fixing, send the information, and a photo if you have it, to:

What's Wrong With This Picture

c/o The Herald-Mail newsroom

100 Summit Ave.

Hagerstown MD 21740

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