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December 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: A pothole on Old Stone Court in the Halfway area that was patched years ago had reappeared. Resident Bob Weaver said he contacted the county about the problem over the summer and was told it was on the work list, and would be done soon, but by early December, nothing had been done.

Who could fix it: Washington County Highway Department

What they say: When contacted about the issue last week, Washington County Highway Department Director Edwin Plank said the reason the highway department has not been out to patch the hole was that Old Stone Court was in the county's system to be repaved this year. However, Plank said he checked with the county's engineers and learned that it was deleted from this year's schedule due to a conflict with other roadways. The county patched the area Thursday.

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Following up: Plank said the sunken pavement on Green Valley Drive featured in the Dec. 7 What's Wrong With This Picture has been patched. The water-quality department didn't find any utility issues, so county staff concluded the problem was the age of the road, Plank said.

"Some of those streets just weren't built to handle the amount of traffic that they're receiving now," he said.

-- Compiled by Heather Keels

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What's Wrong With This Picture
c/o The Herald-Mail newsroom
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Hagerstown MD 21740

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