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January 09, 2011
  • A hole has formed in the concrete outfall in front of a storm-water culvert at the southeast corner of Maryland Avenue and Downsville Road.
By Heather Keels

The problem: A hole has formed in the concrete outfall in front of a storm-water culvert at the southeast corner of Maryland Avenue and Downsville Road, near South Hagerstown High School.

“I have watched this hole grow from the size of a football to what it is now, and it didn’t get this way in a short time; it has taken several years,” nearby resident Ray Nally wrote.

Nally said more serious problems could develop as water soaks into the ground through the hole, instead of running along the concrete as intended.

“It’s going to undermine that corner there,” he said. “There’s a lot of water that comes off that parking lot that’s supposed to go into that culvert. It soaks into the ground, and eventually that whole bottom there is going to give out.”

Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration

What they say: A few hours after being informed about the hole on Friday, SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar called to say a crew was on its way to fix it.

Gischlar said debris would be removed from the hole and it would be filled with a few bags of Cold Patch, a fast-setting, concrete-repair material that can be used in cold temperatures.

“We’re fixing it now just to make sure nothing gets undermined,” he said, comparing the situation to a missing roof shingle.

“If you don’t fix the roof shingle, it will make things worse down the road,” Gischlar said.

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 — Compiled by Heather Keels


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