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December 04, 2011
  • Near the intersection of Air View Road and Pennsylvania Avenue, there is a large ditch off the south side of Air View Road that is not protected by a guardrail.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

The problem: Near the intersection of Air View Road and Pennsylvania Avenue, there is a large ditch off the south side of Air View Road that is not protected by a guardrail, a reader said in an email.

“It is a very large drop-off and probably should have a guardrail,” the reader wrote. “There appear to be guardrails in spots of lesser drop-offs.”

The only barrier between motorists and the drop — which appears to be as much as 20 feet — are a few poles with reflective lights. However, the poles are spaced farther apart than the length of a vehicle.

Who could fix it:  Washington County Division of Public Works, Highway Department

What they say: Sarah Lankford Sprecher, director of public relations and community affairs for Washington County, said the Division of Public Works has evaluated the area along Air View Road using nationally recognized and locally adopted engineering standards.

“It has been concluded that the area does justify the need to have a traffic barrier installed,” she said.

Public Works, through the Highway Department, will begin developing plans for installing the barrier.

The county plans to have a solution to the problem in place in the near future, she said.

When a question of safety exists, Sprecher said the county encourages people to contact the county “directly/simultaneously” so the issues can be addressed quickly.

 — Compiled by Kate S. Alexander

If you are aware of a safety problem, a major annoyance or a pet peeve that one of our governmental bodies, an agency or an organization is responsible for fixing, send the information, and a photo if you have it, to:
What’s Wrong With This Picture
c/o The Herald-Mail newsroom
100 Summit Ave.
Hagerstown MD 21740
You can email the information to lindad@herald-mail.com.

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.
We will not tackle situations involving neighborhood or domestic disputes, or consumer problems.

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