What's wrong with this picture?

March 13, 2011
  • This photo, taken March 9, shows how the street sign for Harp Road is blocked by a tree for drivers headed west on Jefferson Boulevard, or Md. 64. By Friday afternoon, a crew from the Maryland State Highway Administration had moved the sign closer to the intersection, where it is not obscured by the tree.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Hagerstown resident James Kendle said the hidden sign caused problems when he had a job on Harp Road and needed to direct other people to the site.

“There’s a sign ... but you can’t see it until you get right up on it,” Kendle said. “I was telling people how to come to Harp Road. They say, ‘Where’s that?’”

Kendle said he thought the state or county should keep branches trimmed to ensure signs are visible well in advance for drivers.

Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration

What they say: After being asked about the hidden sign Thursday afternoon, SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar said state crews would take a look at the situation.

By Friday afternoon, the state crew had moved the sign closer to the intersection, where it is not obscured by the tree.

Gischlar said anyone with similar problems along numbered state roads may submit service requests online at by clicking on “contact us.”

 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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