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What's wrong with this picture?

September 04, 2011
  • A historic marker along U.S. 40 about a mile west of Conococheague Creek is leaning and difficult to read.
Submitted photo

The problem: A historic marker along U.S. 40 about a mile west of Conococheague Creek is rusty, leaning and difficult to read.

Eldon Hawbaker of Hagerstown, who wrote in about the marker, said it appeared to be in danger of falling down.

Who could fix it: The marker bears the name “State Roads Commission,” the former name of the Maryland State Highway Administration.

SHA spokeswoman Kellie Boulware said SHA partners with the Maryland Historical Trust on the creation and installation of historical markers. MHT orders them and approves the text, and SHA is responsible for maintenance and repair.

What they say: After being sent a photo of the rusty marker, Boulware responded in an email Thursday that SHA crews had been made aware of the problem and were making plans to see if it can be refurbished or needs to replaced.

“A temporary sign will be installed on the pole until work is complete, which should be before the end of the year,” Boulware wrote.

The sign will indicate that the marker was temporarily removed, she said.

 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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