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Garrett County, Coal Group Tackle Road Damage Issues

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — Garrett County officials are seeking the coal industry’s help in repairing road damage caused by heavy trucks.

The Cumberland Times-News reports the county commissioners will meet later this month with the Maryland Coal Association about the problem.

General Roads Superintendent Jay Moyer told the commissioners in February it would take $1.5 million to $2 million to repair county roads damaged by heavy trucks like those that carry coal.

He says all major road projects are on hold until the issue is resolved.

County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt says the Mettiki Coal Corp. once helped the county maintain and improve their main coal-hauling route. But Mettiki halted production in western Maryland in 2006, and Moyer says other coal companies haven’t been willing to chip in for road work.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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