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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2013
The Borough of Waynesboro will be working with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to explore lowering the speed limit on sections of Pa. 16 (Main Street), partly due to impassioned pleas from the local police chief and the mother of a teenager hit by a pickup truck May 20. “It just simply has to be done,” Waynesboro Police Chief James Sourbier said Wednesday evening. Sourbier told the Waynesboro Borough Council at its meeting that the municipality, which is only three square miles, has had 33 pedestrian accidents in five years.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 12, 2013
Speed limits on U.S. 40 will soon be lowered approaching the town of Clear Spring. The Maryland State Highway Administration has proposed transitional speed zones for eastbound and westbound traffic on National Pike, lowering posted speeds from the current 50 mph limit to 40 mph on the east side of town and 35 mph on the west side of town, according to a letter sent to Clear Spring officials. “As part of the west end modifications, the existing 25 mph zone will be increased to 35 mph for about 1,200 feet,” K.C. Keith, acting assistant district engineer for the SHA, wrote in the letter.
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By BRUCE HAMILTON | March 24, 2000
BOONSBORO - Speed limits through town have been raised this week to smooth the transition between zones and make enforcement easier for police. The State Highway Administration, in cooperation with the mayor, town council and law enforcement agencies, officially increased the limit on Main Street from 25 mph to 30 mph within the town boundaries. A transition speed limit on the west end of Boonsboro along U.S. 40 Alternate has been lowered from 45 mph to 40 mph. That reduction will be identified with orange panels above the speed limit signs.
NEWS
June 11, 2008
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - After residents near Morgan's Grove Park have expressed concerns for years about the speed limit in the area along W.Va. 480, the Division of Highways has agreed to reduce the speed limit on the road from 55 mph to 40 mph, according to a news release. Residents have long been concerned about the speed limit on the road near the entrance to Ledge Lowe subdivision and Morgan's Grove Park, according to the release from Platinum PR. Local developer Peter Corum and others communicated the concerns to the Division of Highways, which studied the area and decided to reduce the speed limit, the release said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | August 4, 2009
SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Police Chief George L. Knight Jr. has decided to push for a lower speed limit in Smithsburg's "core" town area after hearing concerns from residents about speeding in the area. The speed limit in the core area is currently 30 mph, but Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said after Tuesday's regular Smithsburg Town Council meeting that town police officers usually don't issue speeding tickets until motorists reach a few miles over the speed limit. Then motorists start abusing that leeway, Myers said.
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by KAREN HANNA | December 6, 2005
karenh@herald-mail.com BOONSBORO - For anyone who has driven Shafer Park Drive faster than the posted 10 mph, a Boonsboro Town Council decision to change the speed limit might mean more tickets. During a contentious discussion about possible traffic changes, the Town Council voted Monday night to raise the speed limit on Shafer Park Drive from 10 mph to 25 mph. Some residents said drivers already take the road too fast. Police Chief Jeff Hewett argued raising the speed limit finally will put teeth in the restrictions.
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August 26, 1997
By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The speed limit may have gone up to 70 mph on some portions of West Virginia's interstates Monday, but until the signs are changed by the Division of Highways the state police want motorists to keep it at 65 mph. "Until the signs go up, it's still 65," said Sgt. Rob Blair of the state police barracks in Martinsburg. He said all of Interstate 81 through Berkeley County will go up to 70 mph, but the timetable for changing the signs is up to the Division of Highways.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | August 3, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors tackled several issues related to roads during their meeting Monday. Carroll Sturm, Christopher Firme and Elaine Gladhill, the three supervisors in attendance, started the process to lower the speed limit to 25 mph on two roads. One is a much-debated portion of Mentzer Gap Road from Greenridge Drive to a few hundred feet from Valleywood Drive. Included in that section is a slight curve near Hearthwood Drive, where some people say trees owned by James and Vivian Hickman are causing visibility problems.
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by TARA REILLY | July 10, 2003
HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council agreed to lower the speed limit on Center Street to 15 miles per hour after a councilman said cars frequently speed on the street. The street's speed limit has been 25 miles per hour. Councilman Darwin Mills, who lives on Center Street, presented the Town Council with a petition signed by residents of the street who wanted a lower speed limit. "I've lived with this for the last four or five years ... It's time for something to be done," Mills said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | December 22, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - It doesn't matter if the speed limit on Mentzer Gap Road is listed as 25 mph or 35 mph on signs if police don't enforce speeding, residents told the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Monday. Ten residents of Mentzer Gap Road addressed the supervisors to talk about a proposal to lower the speed limit between Beartown Road and Old Forge Road. While split on whether 25 mph or 35 mph is best, the residents were almost unanimous in saying they feel only enforcement would make a difference.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 19, 2013
The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors are purchasing two pieces of equipment to streamline operations at the municipal recycling center. Township Manager Mike Christopher said Monday the township will purchase a new baler and infeed belt system to improve the safety and efficiency of operations at the recycling center. The township spent $27,000 on repairs to the existing baler last year and recycling was down, Christopher said previously. A baler compresses and bales certain recyclable items for transport.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 12, 2013
Speed limits on U.S. 40 will soon be lowered approaching the town of Clear Spring. The Maryland State Highway Administration has proposed transitional speed zones for eastbound and westbound traffic on National Pike, lowering posted speeds from the current 50 mph limit to 40 mph on the east side of town and 35 mph on the west side of town, according to a letter sent to Clear Spring officials. “As part of the west end modifications, the existing 25 mph zone will be increased to 35 mph for about 1,200 feet,” K.C. Keith, acting assistant district engineer for the SHA, wrote in the letter.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2013
The Borough of Waynesboro will be working with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to explore lowering the speed limit on sections of Pa. 16 (Main Street), partly due to impassioned pleas from the local police chief and the mother of a teenager hit by a pickup truck May 20. “It just simply has to be done,” Waynesboro Police Chief James Sourbier said Wednesday evening. Sourbier told the Waynesboro Borough Council at its meeting that the municipality, which is only three square miles, has had 33 pedestrian accidents in five years.
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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.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | July 8, 2012
Hagerstown says that the results of its automated speed cameras are “better than expected.” Great. So let's quit while we're ahead. The dangers and potential for abuse with for-profit justice would seem to be self-evident, but so many communities (and the private corporations that are egging them on) have been finding clever ways of selling the public a bill of goods, that perhaps a review is in order. It all starts with the children, of course. We put up cameras, just a few, to operate during the school day. Or maybe a little more ... you know, just a little safety overlap, so we can reduce police hours.
NEWS
July 1, 2012
The Maryland State Highway Administration will widen and rehabilitate the Interstate 70 bridge over Conococheague Creek west of Hagerstown as part of its bridge preservation and replacement program. During two years of construction, the SHA plans to widen both sides of the bridge by 20 feet, allowing room for drivers to pull over and possibly facilitating the addition of a third lane. The $16.5 million project will extend the life of the bridge by 30 to 50 years, according to a press release from the SHA. Although the bridge is safe for public travel, it is beginning to show signs of deterioration, the SHA said.
OPINION
May 8, 2012
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