What's wrong with this picture?

July 03, 2011
  • Water gathers in the road on Md. 68  known as Clear Spring Road  near the former tannery north of Williamsport.
Submitted photo

The problem: Water pools in the road on Md. 68 — known as Clear Spring Road — near the former tannery north of Williamsport. A nearby resident said some drivers swerve into the oncoming traffic lane to avoid the water.

Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration

What they say: SHA Spokesman David Buck said state maintenance officials were aware of the problem, but were limited in what they could do to address it.

The area is at the bottom of two hills and is very flat, Buck said. The state owns only a limited amount of right of way along the road, and even if an agreement could be reached with the neighboring property owners to direct the water onto their property, the flatness of the land would make this ineffective, Buck said.

“It’s still so flat, you still have no place to send the water,” he said.

Already, state crews have scraped away dirt and rock to create the depression seen to the right of the road in the photo, in an effort to keep the water off of the road, Buck said.

He said crews would attempt to deepen that depression and would have hydrology experts re-evaluate the area for other potential solutions.

 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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