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DNR Closes Sections Of Western Maryland Rail Trail For Repairs

Portions To Close Between November 1 and November 7; Detour Through C&O Canal

Big Pool, Md. (October 27, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will close two sections of the Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT), located in Washington County, Md., for repairs during the first week of November.

DNR will close the first section, located between mile marker 9.1 and mile marker 10.3, from November 1 to November 3. Following those repairs, DNR will close another section of the WMRT between mile marker 0.8 and mile marker 2.5 from November 3 to November 7. DNR will post detour signage in the area and users may detour around the repairs via the C&O Canal.

Both repair projects are weather dependant and as a result, may be delayed one week. Please contact Fort Frederick State Park at 301-842-2155 for further questions or visit:

   October 27, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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