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September 11, 2011
  • While part of College Road has a 40 mph speed limit, the area around Saint James School is a 25 mph zone.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

The problem: “Apparently a speed limit sign has changed from 25 mph to 40 mph on College Road off (Md.) Route 68, but the speed limit is still 25 mph in the opposite direction approaching Route 68,” Hagerstown resident Ann Ford wrote in an email. “This is a very hilly road and not safe, at all, at 40 mph, plus there is no reduction in speed approaching Saint James School.”

Ford said Saint James students participate in after-school activities on both sides of the street, and there is a sharp, narrow curve with stone walls on either side of the street in the area of the school that should not be taken at 40 mph.

Who could fix it: Washington County Highway Department

What they say: Highway Department Director Ed Plank said while part of College Road is 40 mph, the area around the school is a 25 mph zone.

“The 25 mph speed limit sign coming from Route 68 was missing. It has been replaced,” he wrote in an email shortly after being informed of the problem.

Later that day, Ford spotted the new sign.

“Thank you SO much for your help,” she wrote in an email. “It’ll be much safer for the kids, as well as drivers need to slow down going around the very sharp curve by the school.”

 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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