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37 Railroad Crossings Getting Revamped

"The last time the county performed a study of this nature was 30 years ago," said Scott Hobbs, of the Washington County Public Works.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - Several of what are being called "old school" railroad crossings in Washington County have not been inspected by officials in a while. 

In fact, a long while. 

"The last time the county performed a study of this nature was 30 years ago," said Scott Hobbs, of the Washington County Public Works.

Since the inspection, 37 railroad crossings were found to be long over due. Hobbs says they are in the process of upgrading them.

"Ten passive crossings, which are sign and pavement markings, and then 27 active crossings which are the warning signs, lights and gates," said Hobbs.

With a railroad crossing and yield sign located just meters away from a railroad on East Oakridge Drive in Hagerstown, Md., drivers have very little time to slow down.

Officials say having a sign further away from the railroad will give drivers more time to yield.

"Through our report we indicated advanced warning signs are required to provide safety improvement, sight distance improvement, and signs for clearance," said Hobbs.

Hobbs says this project is an initiative in which Public Works has taken on in order to improve the safety of railroads across the county.

"This phase one of safety and railroad improvements is key to the safety and livelihood of the citizens of Washington County," said Hobbs.

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