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April 25, 2010

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: The heavily traveled U.S. 40 bridge over Conococheague Creek near Hagerstown Speedway, west of Hagerstown, appears to be in be in bad shape, a reader said in an e-mail.

"There are potholes and loose expansion joint covers," the reader said. "One of the metal covers was laying on the road until someone moved (it) off to the side."

Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration

What they say: SHA spokeswoman Kellie Boulware said the bridge, which was last inspected in August 2008, is structurally sound. SHA inspects bridges every two years and will reinspect it again this summer, she said.

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"It is also important to consider that Maryland received a series of severe storms this winter and heavy rains this spring," Boulware wrote in an e-mail. "Potholes will continue to be something that SHA addresses."

--Compiled by Heather Keels

o 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

You can e-mail the information to lindad@herald-mail.com">lindad@herald-mail.com.

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