February 19, 2013
The snow emergency plan for Frederick County was lifted at noon Tuesday, Maryland State Police announced in an emailed news release. The plan had gone into effect at 10:30 a.m. after a wintry mix of preciptiation made roads hazardous. "Motorists are encouraged to use caution if the temperatures fall below freezing again and also be aware of the fact that the roadways remain wet," police said a the release.
January 31, 2013
Police in Washington County are warning motorists to use caution driving because of ice that is forming on roads throughout the county. Police said there have been several accidents because of the ice, and state and county road crews are treating the icy areas. There are seven locations where ice has formed on roads, according to a Washington County 911 dispatcher. “We're getting more and more calls,” the dispatcher said. Police handled a rollover crash on Lappans Road at Bob's Lane, a crash on Cearfoss Pike near Shinham Road and an accident on Blairs Valley Road after the ice started forming, emergency officials said.
December 31, 2012
A speed camera that is designed to address speeding vehicles around Smithsburg's three public schools on North Main Street will start monitoring traffic Jan. 14, according to Smithsburg Police Chief George Knight. But there will be a 30-day grace period before the system starts issuing tickets, which will be mailed to motorists, Knight said Monday. Tickets will be mailed to motorists who are exceeding the 20 mph school zone speed limit by 12 mph or more, Knight said. The fine for speeding in the school zone is $40 and Optotraffic, the company operating the system, will get 40 percent of the proceeds from each ticket, Knight said.
December 26, 2012
Due to snowy and icy road conditions associated with the current winter storm beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is temporarily reducing speed limits on several south central roadways. PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways: Interstate 81 in Franklin, Cumberland and Dauphin counties; Interstate 83; U.S. Route 15 in Adams, York and Cumberland counties; and Route 581 PennDOT might expand highway restrictions if storm conditions warrant.
December 9, 2012
Police said a Saturday night pursuit of a motorist that started on South Mountain Road in Quincy Township ended when the vehicle struck a utility pole near Dixon Road. The incident began when police noticed the vehicle traveling erratically at about 11:50 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but the motorist did not comply, police said. A pursuit of the vehicle started on South Mountain Road near a National Guard facility, police said.
December 1, 2012
As Irene Giffin was crossing Leitersburg Pike's northbound lanes in her motorized wheelchair in a crosswalk, vehicles coming out of a shopping center would pass in front of or behind her, the Hagerstown resident said. “At one time, it was so close to me I could touch the car and it scared the living bejeebers out of me,” said Giffin, who uses a red flag that flies 3 feet to 4 feet above her wheelchair when she is in traffic situations. Giffin said she thought at first she made a mistake or the traffic signals' synchronization was mixed up. But each time the electronic pedestrian sign gave her the go ahead to cross, the traffic signal turned green for traffic leaving both Long Meadow Shopping Center and Stone House Square.
November 20, 2012
The West Virginia Division of Highways is reminding motorists of upcoming delays on Raleigh Street in Martinsburg, beginning as early as Nov. 26. Milling and paving will be done to the road from Race Street to King Street. There will be no parking allowed along the street during construction. Traffic will be under the direction of flaggers. Motorists should use an alternate route if possible. All work is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, weather and schedule permitting.
November 9, 2012
A man suffered second- and third-degree burns to his face, hands and arms when he opened the radiator cap of a vehicle Friday morning on the shoulder of Interstate 70 near Hancock, Maryland State Police said. Salifou Pessouore, 43, address unavailable, was flown to an undisclosed hospital in the MedStar health system, according to a state police news release. Troopers said Pessouore's 2002 Nissan Altima overheated at about 9 a.m. Friday when he was driving west on I-70 near Md. 655. Police said Pessouore pulled over on the right shoulder, looked under the hood and was sprayed by steam and radiator fluid when he removed the radiator cap. Paramedics treated Pessouore at the scene.
October 26, 2012
The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) advises motorists on I-70 in Washington County that the right lane of eastbound I-70 will be closed this weekend at the Conococheage Creek Bridge, west of Hagerstown, the SHA said in a news release. The lane will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and could remain closed through the evening of Sunday, Oct. 28, according to the release. a Motorists should be prepared for possible delays. The lane closure will allow crews to remove a construction platform under the bridge in preparation for the coming weather.
October 2, 2012
Residents may sign up to receive information on travel, construction and traffic laws on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's new Facebook page, according to state Sen. Richard Alloway II. Local residents can like the page to receive travel and construction details, highway safety resources, traffic laws, a guide to PennDOT services, PennDOT job opportunities and other helpful information. Motorists also sign up to receive updates on traffic and road conditions on major expressways and interstate highways on PennDOT's 511 website at www.511PA.com or by dialing 511. The free travel information service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.