What's wrong with this picture?

February 26, 2012
  • A pothole is shown Tuesday in the right-turn-only lane of U.S. 40 near First Data. The hole was patched Wednesday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

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.

The problem: “Yet another road issue,” a reader commented via email. “If you’re on U.S. 40 like you just got off the 81 exit, going toward First Data, there’s a huge hole in the turnoff lane to make the right on Western Maryland Parkway to First Data. They continue to patch it, but it never quite gets fixed fully.”

Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration

What they say: Workers from the State Highway Administration shop in Hagerstown placed “cold patch” on the pothole Wednesday, said David Buck, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration.
“This spring, after temps warm and the asphalt plants open, we will mill and pave this area to smooth out the pavement as a long-term solution,” Buck said in an email.
Buck also said citizens are welcome to report problems on roads on the State Highway Administration’s website at
“We appreciate people helping out, as they have many more eyes and ears on the roads every day,” Buck said.
After going to the website, people can go to the “Contact Us” link, where they will be forwarded to a page where they can submit information about a road concern or issue.
On the site, visitors can request an update on their service request, find the phone number and address of office or maintenance shops, and find county roads department phone numbers.


— Compiled by Dave McMillion

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

The Herald-Mail Articles