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July 25, 2010
  • A motorist travels along a narrow stretch of Locust Grove Road near Rohrersville. Foliage has grown over the stream bank at the edge of the road on the left side of the picture.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

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The problem: There are no signs or barriers to warn drivers of a steep stream bank just feet from the edge of the narrow Locust Grove Road, off Md. 67 near Rohrersville.

An anonymous reader wrote in about the problem, noting the road is so narrow that drivers must travel on the shoulder to allow oncoming vehicles to pass.

"Over the years, several vehicles have rolled over into the stream when passing another vehicle," the reader wrote. "Those who travel this road regularly are aware of this danger, but others are not."

Who could fix it: Washington County Division of Public Works

What they say: Washington County Highway Department Director Edwin Plank said the county stabilized that stream bank years ago after a washout and might need to do so again.

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"I guess, really, it hasn't come to anyone's attention," Plank said. "Probably the hard rains this spring have caused erosion and we will be re-evaluating that situation."

Plank said he would look into the possibility of adding warning signs and would ask the engineering department to check into the possibility of installing a guardrail along the road.

--Compiled by Heather Keels

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