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Accidental water release closes portion of Western Maryland Parkway

December 10, 2010
  • A contractor was working on the Hellane water tank, near the west end reservoir, when water released through the drainage system pooled on the northbound lane of Western Maryland Parkway (Md. 910). Temperatures below freezing caused ice to form on the road, said Washington County Highway Department Director Edwin Plank. Hagerstown fire policeman Joe Miller directs motorists to slow down on the icy patch.
Kevin G. Gilbert | Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Crews from the City of Hagerstown and Washington County worked together Friday morning to mitigate an unexpected icy situation on Western Maryland Parkway between U.S. 40 and Md. 144.

City Utility Director Mike Spiker said a contractor was working on the Hellane water tank, near the west-end reservoir, when water released through the drainage system pooled on the northbound lane of Western Maryland Parkway (Md. 910).

Below freezing temperatures caused ice to form on the road, said Edwin Plan, director of the Washington County Highway Department.

Plank said crews from the city and county worked to quickly treat the road with salt.

With the help of Washington County Sheriff’s Office and county fire police, traffic was directed to slow down and safely navigate the area until the ice melted, he said. The road was clear for safe travel by 9:30 a.m., Plank said.

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