What's wrong with this picture?

October 25, 2009

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The problem: The alley that runs between Baltimore and Antietam streets behind the Washington County Free Library is strewn with deep potholes and cracked, uneven pavement. Drivers have no choice but to drive on the alley when leaving the Washington County Free Library parking lot.

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown Public Works Department

What they say: City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Wednesday that the public works department would be filling the potholes very soon, probably within a week. The city fills potholes on an as-needed basis, he said.

A full rebuilding of the alley will take place as part of a project to renovate and expand the library, Tissue said. Construction on that project is scheduled to run from next spring through the fall of 2011.


Tissue said the alley would probably be due for rebuilding within the next few years anyway, but the city would wait until the appropriate time in the library project.

"It wouldn't make sense to rebuild it when we know that the library project is imminent," he said.

Following up:

The City of Hagerstown's Water Division repaired the damaged fire hydrant on Pangborn Boulevard last week, Director of Utilities Michael Spiker said. The hydrant is back in service, he said Friday.

-- Compiled by Heather Keels

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