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Asphalt layers being stripped in Pa.

April 15, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

by Richard T. Meagher / staff photographer

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road workAsphalt layers being stripped in Pa.

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The crews tearing up the surface of Main Street in Waynesboro all week were under orders to stop work early in front of the post office Wednesday so they wouldn't block the way for the stream of last-minute income tax filers.

There will be continued inconveniences along Main Street and parts of Pa. 16 east from the Square to Beck's Curve almost to Welty Road and west nearly all the way to Greencastle, Pa., as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation repaves about 71/2 miles of Pa. 16 under a $1.1 million contract awarded to Valley Quarries of Chambersburg, Pa.

The contract calls for resurfacing and other work on the bridge over Little Antietam Creek just west of Waynesboro, said Ed North, a PennDOT supervisor assigned to Franklin County for more than 30 years.

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The downtown Waynesboro project involves stripping the 15-year-old layer of asphalt down to the old brick pavement that ran through downtown. North's best guess is that the brick pavement was installed in 1913.

"I've seen photos of the bricks stacked up on the sidewalk," he said.

The brick pavement has been covered with blacktop for decades. "Brick pavement can't stand up to modern weights and it gets slippery when it gets wet," North said.

This marks the second time this spring that Main Street has been torn up. Earlier, borough crews cut foot-wide strips along both gutters from Broad Street to the Square to put in underground wiring for the borough's new Victorian lights.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said Wednesday that the next phase will tear up the section east from the Square to Grant Street later this spring.

Other PennDOT contracts in the area include $3.2 million to widen and improve a stretch of Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg from just east of Interstate 81 west to Colebrook Avenue, North said. A York, Pa., contractor won that job.

The work is expected to tie up traffic along that busy commercial strip for most of the summer.

Another major project is the resurfacing of five miles of Williamsport Pike in Greencastle, from U.S. 11 to the Maryland line. Valley Quarries won that $450,000 contract, North said.

Replacement of an old bridge on Pa. 233 near Caledonia State Park with a large culvert is under way, North said.

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