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November 13, 2011
  • On Frederick Street south of Wilson Boulevard, the sidewalk is interrupted by a small stream. The bridge that carries the road across is narrow, forcing pedestrians to walk either into traffic or into the ditch to cross.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

The problem: On Frederick Street south of Wilson Boulevard, the sidewalk is interrupted by a small stream. The bridge that carries the road across is narrow, causing a parking lane to end abruptly and forcing pedestrians to walk either into traffic or into the ditch to cross.

Jim Beaver of Hagerstown said he saw a woman make the risky crossing pushing a baby stroller.

“I thought that’s pretty dangerous for anybody who has to do that,” he said.

James Rhodes of Hagerstown was concerned about the effect the abrupt narrowing has on traffic.

“If somebody’s driving down the street there, they come to that bottleneck and have to swerve out,” he said. “They could cause an accident.”

Who could fix it: City of Hagerstown

What they say: City Engineer Rodney Tissue said a project to extend the culvert and complete the sidewalk is already in the city’s Capital Improvement Plan.

“We are just beginning the design of that, and I would say the reconstruction of that area will occur probably late 2012,” Tissue said.

The project will cost about $200,000, he said.

 — Compiled by Heather Keels

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Hagerstown MD 21740
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Editor’s note: Each Monday, The Herald-Mail will highlight an infrastructure issue or other problem and will try to find out what is being done to fix or improve the situation.
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