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The Maryland State Highway Administration installed guardrails on a bridge east of 13042 Big Pool Road near Clear Spring. (Submitted by Maryland State Highway Administration / August 12, 2012)
Earlier this year, the reader contacted The Herald-Mail and said the Maryland State Highway Administration added guardrails to a similar bridge, about a mile west on Big Pool Road, after a fatal crash there several years ago. The bridge east of 13042 Big Pool Road could be dangerous, too, if there was a crash, the reader said.
Last month, Heather Keels, an SHA district community liaison for Washington County, said the SHA was working on a solution.
Who fixed it: Maryland State Highway Administration
What they say: Keels wrote back again this month: “SHA installed guardrails on the bridge on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Our traffic staff reviewed the bridge after the inquiry from The Herald-Mail in April and recommended the addition of guardrails to improve safety. The low height of the existing bridge walls presented some design challenges, but we were able to come up with a way to install guardrails without attaching them to the walls, by double-nesting them for added strength and running them across the length of the bridge, inside the existing walls.
“We thank The Herald-Mail for bringing the issue to our attention and encourage citizens with similar suggestions to submit them at www.roads.maryland.gov, by clicking ‘contact us’ and filling out a service request form.”
“I’m very happy with the results,” the reader said on Wednesday.
— Compiled by Andrew Schotz
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