GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Prolonged or heavy rains have resulted in water pooling below a railroad overpass on U.S. 11 in Greencastle's south end. The result is blocked traffic for as long as three or four days and flooded basements for Robert A. "Buck" Weller and his neighbors.
Help is on the way.
The Greencastle Borough Council said this week it is getting an $820,000 state grant to fix the problem. The project will cost about $1 million, Greencastle Mayor Frank Mowen said. The rest of the money will come from the borough, Antrim Township and Franklin County governments, he said.
High water under the overpass has plagued residents and borough officials since 1955, when the U.S. 11 bypass around Greencastle opened, said Borough Administrator Kenneth Myers.
Residents and borough officials alike say the problem seems to get worse as new development paves over more and more water-absorbing land. This leads to even more water accumulating under the railroad bridge and onto some properties along South Carlisle Street.