What's wrong with this picture?

August 15, 2010
  • Old railroad ties pile up near the railroad crossing at Eastern Boulevard north of Security Road in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

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The problem: Near the CSX railroad crossing on Eastern Boulevard, north of Security Road, old railroad ties are piled beside the tracks.

Stephen Owings of Hagerstown said he thought the ties were left over from an August 2009 crossing repair.

"These piles can be seen from the road and are really an eyesore," Owings wrote in an e-mail. "Can you find out why CSX didn't remove the ties when they completed their work nearly a year ago?"

Who could fix it: CSX

What they say: CSX spokesman Robert Sullivan said he did not know why the old material had not been removed, but he said it would be cleaned up this fall after CSX completes work at several other Hagerstown-area crossings. In the meantime, new material to be used in those projects will be set out beside the tracks, Sullivan said.


The crossings scheduled for repairs this fall are:

  • Little Antietam Road

  • Warrenfeltz Lane

  • Mulberry Avenue

  • Potomac Avenue

  • Oak Hill Avenue

  • Forest Drive

  • Pennsylvania Avenue

  • Twin Springs Drive

    --Compiled by Heather Keels

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