Washington County, MD

Metro on Schedule to Restore 7000-series Railcars in Late Summer

This week, Metro installed the first automated inspection system to test wheelsets of the 7000-series railcars in real-time. The schedule to restore the fleet to passenger service later this summer remains on time.  With the first installation now complete, engineers will begin configuration, testing, and commissioning of the system.
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Letters to the editor

Meritus chairman issues statement on lawsuit To the editor: Meritus Pharmacy, a small, 1,800-square-foot pharmacy located within the lobby of Meritus Medical Center, opened earlier this year to support the prescription needs of our patients and our employees. The goal of Meritus Pharmacy is always to provide great service to our patients and ensure...

Washington County Received Maryland Preservation Award for Outstanding Stewardship by a Government Agency

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 20, 2022) – Washington County Government received a Maryland Preservation Award for Outstanding Stewardship by a Government Agency for the Claggett’s Mill Bridges by the Maryland Historical Trust on Thursday, May 19, 2022. The ceremony included awards given to Lantz Construction Company dba Building Systems as the general contractor, and Gruber-Latimer Restoration as the subcontractor responsible for the stone masonry repairs to the three-arch bridge, and one-arch bridge separated less than 100 feet apart. The Claggett’s Mill Bridges were built in 1840 and 1841, and have been identified as national historic structures. The bridge rehabilitation was a federal aid project designed by KCI Technologies, Inc., and managed by the Washington County Division of Engineering with oversight by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration. Scott Hobbs, director for the Washington County Division of Engineering stated, “this marks the 10th stone arch bridge rehabilitation project in Washington County over the last 20 years”.
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Metro Says 7000-Series Railcars to Return This Summer

Metro says its 7000-series railcars are on track to return to service this summer. The transit agency said Thursday it has installed the first automated inspection system to test the railcars' wheelsets in real time. Metro had to pull the fleet from the tracks last year following a partial derailment...

TRAFFIC ALERT: Road Closure on Eagle Nest Road

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 18, 2022) – The Washington County Highway Department announces a road closure on Eagle Nest Road between Route 64 and Bradbury Avenue. The road will be closed on Thursday, May 19, 2022. The road will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The County encourages...

2022 John Frye Historical Preservation Awards

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 18, 2022) – The Washington County Board of County Commissioners awarded local citizens at the 42nd Annual John Frye Historic Preservation Awards ceremony and luncheon. The recipients were awarded for their dedication and commitment to preserving and protecting the history of Washington County through historic rehabilitation, restoration, infill, letters, and advocacy. Due to COVID, 2020, 2021, and 2022 recipients were acknowledged and presented awards during today’s ceremony.

‘The People’s Convoy’ | Truckers return to Hagerstown Speedway

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The People’s Convoy has returned to Hagerstown Speedway in Washington County, Maryland. About two dozen trucks and another 100 cars filed into the speedway around 2 pm Tuesday. The truckers were last in the D.C. region in March. They set up a base camp at the speedway and would then take daily drives around the Beltway.

Residents happy with commissioners decision to deny rezoning of Beaver Creek Road property

Washington County residents applauded the county board of commissioners Tuesday morning as they voted unanimously against rezoning a property near Hagerstown from residential to business use.  After listening to almost a dozen people testify against the rezoning of the property at 19817 Beaver Creek Road, the county commissioners made their decision immediately, which surprised some...

Nearly Half of Metro’s 500 Rail Operators Have Lapsed Recertification

Per WMATA: Metro’s Chief Safety Officer reports that nearly half of Metro’s 500 rail operators have lapsed recertification, which includes classroom instruction, and supervised testing in the rail yards as well as on the mainline. In consultation with the Board of Directors, Metro management is taking immediate corrective...