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Street plans receive federal support

December 20, 2001

Street plans receive federal support



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


Two years ago the Borough of Waynesboro extended East Ninth Street from South Church to Clayton Avenue, a long block of roadway that opened the area to new industrial development and provided easier access to existing industries.

On Tuesday, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger accepted a $160,000 check from U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th, to build a water line and a new stretch of road on what is now a grassy lane running 800 feet from the eastern tip of the paved portion of Ninth Street down to Pa. 997.

Hamberger said the money Shuster is bringing to Waynesboro will be enough to complete the project.

Hamberger said the road-building job is too much for the borough street crew to handle. "We'll put it out for bid," he said. Borough workers will install the water line, he said.

Construction on the new road won't begin until later in 2002 or early 2003 with completion in 2003, Hamberger said.

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He said he didn't know how many acres the new road will open to industrial development. A section of the land near Pa. 997 that will become open to development lies in Washington Township, he said.

The new road will serve as a bypass for trucks coming in off Pa. 997 and heading to the industrial areas, he said. Trucks will be able to avoid Clayton Avenue, a residential thoroughfare.

"Transportation infrastructure like roads and public utilities are the basic building blocks of economic development," Shuster said.

"Our philosophy has always been to make things available and let the private sector do the developing," Hamberger said.

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