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Workers replacing Potomac Street sidewalks shatter window

August 25, 2010

Workers replacing sidewalks along Potomac Street in Hagerstown shattered a window Tuesday morning in the Elizabeth Hager Center, officials said.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said workers from Concrete Central of Hagerstown were excavating sidewalks on the east side of the street when the machinery they were using broke the glass.

As part of a Maryland Heritage Area Grant, the city is replacing its concrete sidewalks on North Potomac Street, from the square to Franklin Street, with brick.

The concrete in front of the downtown Visitor Welcome Center at 6 N. Potomac St. extended under the facade of the building, making it difficult to remove, Tissue said.

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Workers were attempting to remove the sidewalk with an excavator when the knuckle of the machine came in contact with the window, shattering it, he said.

Concrete Central has made arrangements to replace the window, Tissue said.

Because the window was tempered glass with a decal, replacement could be costly, Tissue said, adding that an official price had not been determined.

It could take as long as two weeks for the welcome center to get a new window, he said.

For now, the building has been patched with plywood.

No one was injured in the accident, Tissue said. The welcome center was empty at the time.

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