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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 24, 2013
A bill introduced by Del. Neil Parrott, R-Washington, in the current session of the General Assembly seeks to give the State Highway Administration the ability to raise the maximum speed limit on interstates, state expressways and some other highways to 70 miles an hour. Parrott, who is a Republican, is a primary sponsor of the bill with Del. Aruna Miller, a Democrat from Montgomery County. “This bill is going to increase the cap. So the State Highway [the SHA]… if they do a speed study … will have the flexibility to raise the speed limits,” Parrott said.
NEWS
November 12, 2012
The first SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement system in a Washington County work zone has gone into effect along Interstate 70 at the Conococheague Creek as part of the bridge replacement project over the creek, between Exit 24 to Greencastle Pike and Exit 18 to Clear Spring. The cameras began operating on  Nov. 7, according to a release from the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA). The system is currently in a 21-day warning period, which will end Wednesday, Nov. 28, when violations will begin to result in citations.
NEWS
June 10, 2007
Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg, Pa., cited the following motorists in May, alleging they were driving faster than 90 mph on Interstate 81, according to Trooper 1st Class Edward Asbury. · Sylvester Shanholtzer, 72, of Frederick, Md. - 91 mph · Jarred Halteman, 20, of Wrightsville, Ga. - 94 mph · Nicholas Carbaugh, 18, of Chambersburg - 94 mph · Atma Singh, 44, of Monroe, N.J. - 98 mph · Keith Filer, 49, of Shippensburg, Pa. - 101 mph · A 17-year-old Chambersburg resident - 105 mph
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September 8, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday agreed to post speed limit signs on South Church Street, restricting permissible speed to 25 mph. "At present time, there's no speed limit signs on South Church Street and that would indicate the speed limit is 55 mph," Councilman Ronnie Martin said.
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March 18, 2013
A reader inquired about the operation of speed cameras near Smithsburg schools. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., resident Elizabeth Farmer, who frequently drives through the school zone on her way to work in Washington County, had questions related to the signs notifying motorists about the cameras and the posted speed limit. Signs placed a short distance away from the schools along North Main Street show that the school zone speed limit of 20 mph is photo-enforced between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 31, 2013
Del. Neil Parrott, R Washington, is stepping up his campaign to increase the maximum speed limit in the state to 70 miles per hour. Parrott, who is a traffic engineer, has introduced a bill in the current session to increase the speed limit on interstates and state expressways from 65 mph to 70 mph, and raise the maximum speed on the Inter-County Connector - a toll road that connects I-270 in Montgomery County to I-95 in Prince George's County -...
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By Joe Crocetta | February 18, 2006
High winds ushered into the region by a cold front from the west made quite a racket, but broke no speed limits and did not pack enough power to cause significant damage, according to AccuWeather.Com meteorologist Frank Strait. There were recorded wind speeds of 43 m.p.h. at about 8:45 a.m. at Hagerstown Regional Airport, Strait said, which was strong enough to blow small limbs of trees but not strong enough to cause any major damage. One exception was at a weather site near Smithsburg, where wind speeds were reported to be as high as 62 mph, but Washington County emergency responders said there were no reported incidents as a result of the high winds.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | January 13, 2012
Motorists in the Hagerstown area should be prepared for strong winds affecting traffic and possible snow flurries when driving today, National Weather Service Meteorologist Bryan Jackson said. "A cold front went through last night, " he added. "We have the potential for flurries today and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. " Jackson added that motorists on Interstate 81 could be most affected by the wind because of the direction it is traveling. "Interstate 81 runs north and south, and it is a west wind," he said.
NEWS
October 10, 2012
Here is the Morning Mojo Report for Wednesday, Oct. 10: • As of 7 a.m., traffic is sluggish on I-270 southbound and I-70 in both directions, but it is running fine on all the other interstates throughout the area. • On the MARC Train, Train 872 is operating 30-35 minutes late, according to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) website, mta.maryland.gov/ . • The Light Rail, Commuter Buses, Metro Subway, and Local Bus Services are all running on time, according to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)
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March 18, 2013
A reader inquired about the operation of speed cameras near Smithsburg schools. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., resident Elizabeth Farmer, who frequently drives through the school zone on her way to work in Washington County, had questions related to the signs notifying motorists about the cameras and the posted speed limit. Signs placed a short distance away from the schools along North Main Street show that the school zone speed limit of 20 mph is photo-enforced between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 31, 2013
Del. Neil Parrott, R Washington, is stepping up his campaign to increase the maximum speed limit in the state to 70 miles per hour. Parrott, who is a traffic engineer, has introduced a bill in the current session to increase the speed limit on interstates and state expressways from 65 mph to 70 mph, and raise the maximum speed on the Inter-County Connector - a toll road that connects I-270 in Montgomery County to I-95 in Prince George's County -...
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 24, 2013
A bill introduced by Del. Neil Parrott, R-Washington, in the current session of the General Assembly seeks to give the State Highway Administration the ability to raise the maximum speed limit on interstates, state expressways and some other highways to 70 miles an hour. Parrott, who is a Republican, is a primary sponsor of the bill with Del. Aruna Miller, a Democrat from Montgomery County. “This bill is going to increase the cap. So the State Highway [the SHA]… if they do a speed study … will have the flexibility to raise the speed limits,” Parrott said.
NEWS
November 12, 2012
The first SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement system in a Washington County work zone has gone into effect along Interstate 70 at the Conococheague Creek as part of the bridge replacement project over the creek, between Exit 24 to Greencastle Pike and Exit 18 to Clear Spring. The cameras began operating on  Nov. 7, according to a release from the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA). The system is currently in a 21-day warning period, which will end Wednesday, Nov. 28, when violations will begin to result in citations.
NEWS
October 29, 2012
Maryland officials have lowered the speed limits on interstates and U.S. highways in Maryland to 45 mph, effective immediately and until further notice, and are encouraging people to stay home as during the upcoming height of the storm as conditions continue to deteriorate due to Hurricane Sandy, state officials said Monday afternoon. The speed limit was lowered because of the dangerous combination of speed and high winds, according to the announcement that was released by state officials shortly after 3 p.m. Monday.
NEWS
October 10, 2012
Here is the Morning Mojo Report for Wednesday, Oct. 10: • As of 7 a.m., traffic is sluggish on I-270 southbound and I-70 in both directions, but it is running fine on all the other interstates throughout the area. • On the MARC Train, Train 872 is operating 30-35 minutes late, according to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) website, mta.maryland.gov/ . • The Light Rail, Commuter Buses, Metro Subway, and Local Bus Services are all running on time, according to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2012
An “organized line” of thunderstorms moved through Washington County Sunday night, packing estimated winds up to 65 mph and causing a large tree to fall across a house along Woodside Drive off Sharpsburg Pike, according to weather and rescue officials. The tree, about three to four feet in diameter, fell on a corner of the house and stretched across about three- quarters of the house, said Leonard Heller Jr., chief of Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. “There's a good bit of damage inside,” said Heller, who was waiting at the scene at about 9 p.m. for a building inspector to arrive to determine if the house was safe to enter.
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