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Work to begin next month on U.S. 30 in Franklin Co.

March 21, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A major repair and repaving project on about seven miles of U.S. 30 in eastern Franklin County will begin next month, according to Pennsylvania State Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin.

"That contract was awarded last month and the work should begin in April," Punt said Monday. The Franklin County section runs from Norlo Drive in Guilford Township east through Greene Township.

The work will be done by Valley Quarries Inc. of Chambersburg.

The entire project covers a 16.3-mile stretch of the highway with 9.6 miles in Adams County from the Franklin County border to McKnightstown, Pa., according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Punt said the advertisement for bids on the Adams County portion went out Friday and work should begin in June.

Franklin County's segment should be completed by November, but the repairs and resurfacing in Adams County will probably not be finished until spring in 2001, Punt said.

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For most of the 16.3 miles, the road is concrete, according to the department. The concrete base sections will be repaired or replaced and then topped with Superpave, a mix developed by the Federal Highway Administration.

Greg Penny, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said Superpave blends asphalt, aggregates and chemicals into a road surface designed for specific traffic and climate conditions. Superpave is supposed to resist rutting and cracking better than previous asphalt mixes.

There will also be shoulder and drainage improvements along the section, according to the department. The project is expected to take eight months.

"It's definitely going to be an inconvenience for the public," Greene Township Supervisor Dave Jamison said. The result, however, "is going to be an improvement for the driving public," he said.

"In Greene Township the road isn't too bad," although there are a few rough sections and areas where drainage is a problem, Jamison said. The new surface will be the greatest benefit for drivers, he said.

Also scheduled for this summer is installation of a traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Pa. 233 near Caledonia, Pa., Punt said. "That light will make a big difference" in safety at the intersection, he said.

Along that stretch near the Adams County border, U.S. 30 goes from two lanes, plus a center turn lane, to four lanes separated by a concrete divider.

Bids for another major U.S. 30 improvement, widening the road from three to five lanes between Chambersburg and Fayetteville, Pa., could be awarded later this year. Punt said construction on that project could begin in 2001.

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