What's Wrong With This Picture?

April 29, 2012
  • An observer thinks guardrails should be added to the concrete walls of this bridge on Big Pool Road to make the bridge less dangerous.
Photo by Andrew Schotz

The problem: The concrete walls of a bridge just east of 13042 Big Pool Road near Clear Spring would be dangerous if a motorist crashes into them, according to a man who knows the area but doesn’t want to be identified.
He wrote in an email that the same type of bridge, about a mile west on Big Pool Road, was the scene of a fatal crash several years ago. The Maryland State Highway Administration later added guardrails that extend from the ends of that bridge.
The observer was referring to a November 2005 fatal crash involving James W. Sanders Sr., 60, of Clear Spring.

Who could fix it: Maryland State Highway Administration

What they say: SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar wrote in an email that his agency will look into the observer’s question.
“The engineering should be complete by Memorial Day,” he wrote. “We would be happy to share our results with you as soon as the evaluation is concluded.”
Gischlar added: “Safety is SHA’s top priority. Following serious crashes, including fatalities, SHA traffic engineers, after the police investigation is concluded, will evaluate the crash scene for any possible engineering solutions that can be implemented to improve safety.”


— Compiled by Andrew Schotz

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