What's wrong with this picture?

August 07, 2011
  • Vegetation extends over the road on Tracys Lane, on a curve near Dual Highway in Hagerstown. The weeds were cut by Thursday evening.
By Heather Keels/Staff Writer

A nearby resident who wrote in about the problem said it was causing traffic to cross over into the oncoming traffic lane on the curve.

He also wrote that debris was getting caught against the side of the Tracys Lane bridge over Hamilton Run. When this material breaks loose, it causes a logjam about 50 to 100 yards downstream from the bridge, which causes Hamilton Run to go out of its bank and start a new stream leading west through a wooded area, the resident wrote. He suggested the bridge could have been built without the middle pier, which would have prevented the problem.

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown Public Works Department

What they say: When contacted about the two situations Thursday morning, Public Works Manager Eric Deike said the weeds would be cut that day. By Thursday evening, they had been removed.

In regard to the bridge, Deike said debris is removed from the center pier as necessary.

“A periodic check on the bridge will be completed as necessary,” he wrote in an email. “Even if the bridge is free and clear of debris, flooding can place debris onto the bridge at the time of the flood. This debris cannot be removed until floodwaters have receded.”

— Compiled by Heather Keels

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