Route 31 safety checked regularly, state official says


State highway workers regularly monitor Route 31 for signs of sinkholes, David Martin, chief of the highway agency's engineering geology division, told the county commissioners yesterday.

"We patrol our roads regularly with our maintenance people," Mr. Martin said. "These [sinkholes] occur in patterns. The key is to watch the patterns. If we were not comfortable with Route 31, the road would be closed. We closed it once. We would have no problem closing it again."

The commissioners asked SHA officials to update them on the safety of Route 31, where a sinkhole opened up near New Windsor nearly two years ago. A 24-year-old Taneytown man was killed when his van plunged into the hole, which measured about 35 feet by 40 feet and was 18 feet deep.


Union Bridge: A resident of the 1200 block of McKinstrys Mill Road told state police that someone entered his home between Jan. 22 and 29 and took a word processor, a facsimile machine, a bicycle, watch, roller blades and a tennis racket. An estimate of the loss was not determined.

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