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NHHS homecoming parade to temporarily close some roads

September 22, 2010

The City of Hagerstown provided the following information about road closings in connection with a parade to be held Saturday to coincide with North Hagerstown High School's homecoming celebration.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Maria Goretti High School and will follow a route to North High via Oak Hill Avenue, Park Lane and St. Clair Street.

It is anticipated that the parade will be completed by 11 a.m. Officers from the Hagerstown Police Department will escort the parade and will coordinate traffic control at the various street intersections along the route.

Motorists approaching the parade route might be temporarily delayed until the marchers pass. Likewise, residents living along the parade route might temporarily be unable to access their properties.

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Emergency vehicles will be able to pass through the parade route; however, dispatchers should be aware that traffic congestion and delays in the area are likely.

Anyone wishing further information may contact the city's Public Relations & Marketing Office at 301-739-8577, ext. 116 or ext. 183.

o The city provided the following information about work along East Baltimore Street.

During the week of Sept. 27, work crews from NiSource/Columbia Gas are scheduled to begin installation of new gas mains along East Baltimore Street between Potomac and Mill streets.

Construction will begin at Potomac Street and will proceed eastward block by block.

The new gas main will be installed under the sidewalk on the north side of the street. The contractor will remove a portion of the existing sidewalk, install the new gas main pipe and then construct new concrete sidewalks, the city said.

The contractor also will have to trench across Baltimore Street at various locations to install new gas service laterals and to tie in the new gas main to the existing pipes.

While the work is being performed in the unit block of East Baltimore Street between Potomac and Locust streets, westbound traffic on Baltimore Street during daytime work hours will be detoured to Antietam Street, and on-street parking in the work zone will be restricted. Eastbound traffic will be maintained.

At night and on nonworking days, the contractor will reopen westbound Baltimore Street to traffic whenever possible, the city said.

For the work in the remaining blocks along Baltimore Street, the contractor will maintain two-way traffic. On-street parking still will be restricted within each work zone.

The work is scheduled to be completed by December.

Eastbound emergency vehicles will be able to pass through the unit block of Baltimore Street during working hours, but westbound vehicles will be forced to detour around the work zone. Once the construction moves to the other blocks, emergency vehicles will be able to travel both eastbound and westbound through the work zones.

Anyone wishing more information may contact the City's Department of Parks and Engineering at 301-739-8577, ext. 125.

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