NPS to fast-track pothole repairs on Baltimore-Washington Parkway this weekend

FOX 5 learned Wednesday the National Park Service will fast-track repairs on the pothole-plagued Baltimore-Washington Parkway as soon as this weekend.

Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen told us that he's been following drivers' stories and has been pressing the NPS to speed up repairs.

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Maryland officials got word Wednesday the NPS will use "emergency contracting funds" and deploy "pothole killer" repair trucks this weekend. A full resurfacing - which was not scheduled until this fall - will now start in early April.

Van Hollen credits drivers for speaking out.

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"We were following the news reports and I raised this at a Senate hearing so yes. This this is an example of when people make their views known and point a specific challenge we were able to get on the job," said Van Hollen.

NPS says they will close parts of the southbound lanes on the BW Parkway from MD-198 to MD-197 for two nights this weekend from 7:30 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Saturday. Meanwhile, they will close the northbound lanes from MD-198 to MD-197 starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday until 5 a.m. on Sunday.