Greencastle to receive new road link

July 25, 2000

Greencastle to receive new road link

By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The first part of a two-phase road construction project in Greencastle goes to bid later this year, an Antrim Township administrator said.


The cost to build both phases of the new road is pegged at between $8 million to $10 million. The road will connect Pa. 16 , U.S. 11 and Interstate 81's Exit 2.

Township Administrator Ben Thomas said construction of the connector road, which will also serve as a partial bypass around Greencastle, will begin in March 2001 and be ready for traffic by December. The connector is expected to open the way for commercial and light industrial development, Thomas said.

The idea for the road, which will extend Grindstone Hill Road across Pa. 16 about a mile west of I-81, is included in the 1992 update of Antrim Township's master plan. Planners wanted a new commercial district to take development pressure off Pa., 16, Thomas said.


The new road will be called Grindstone Hill Road, too. "There's no sense in giving it a new name. It will be easier for emergency vehicles too," he said.

The road - which will run more than three miles when both phases are complete - will dissect Leitersburg Road at the end of the first phase. It will run east of and parallel to Bemisderfer Road from Pa. 16 to Leitersburg Road.

The second phase will go south from Leitersburg Road and connect to the east side of U.S. 11 at Exit 2. It's still in the planning stage, Thomas said.

Township planners envision the new stretch as a mecca for commercial developers. Thomas said when the route is finished, it should look much like the section of W.Va. 9 and 45 south of Martinsburg, W.Va. which created a commercial strip of restaurants, gas and convenience stores, motels, grocery, home improvement and department stores.

"There's definitely been some developer interest," he said.

"We also want to see some light industry like high-tech companies come in too," Thomas said.

Other benefits from the new road will be less truck traffic through the borough of Greencastle, Thomas said. Trucks will be able to bypass the town when the drivers get off the interstate at Exit 2 and connect with Pa. 16 to get to the truck stops west of Greencastle or Waynesboro, Pa.

Greencastle-Antrim School District officials support the new road because it will cut down on some of the heavy truck traffic on Leitersburg Road which fronts the district's school campus.

Thomas said state police now have to reroute traffic through Greencastle when they shut down the interstate for accidents. "They'll be able to reroute it to the connector road," he said.

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