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Work expected to begin this fall on Ninth Street in Waynesboro

August 20, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Bids have been awarded and work is expected to begin this fall on construction of the final phase of the Ninth Street Extension from Clayton Avenue to Pa. 997, Borough Engineer James Valentine said last week.

Valley Quarries Inc., of Chambersburg, Pa., was awarded the low bid of $74,000 for the work.

The project, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will serve as a mini-bypass, mostly for truck traffic, around the East Fifth Avenue area and the industries in that section of the borough, said Borough Councilman Allen Porter.

Borough crews will do the contour work and grading to prepare the roadway for the curbing and paving work called for in the Valley Quarries contract, Porter said.

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The borough has owned the land the road will pass over for several years, Porter said.

"There's no eminent domain involved," he said.

The borough completed the first phase of the Ninth Street Extension project east from Church street to Clayton Avenue three years ago, Porter said.

A section from Clayton Avenue to Beck Manufacturing Inc. at 3 E. Ninth St. has been finished, he said. The final phase will take the road from Beck Manufacturing to Pa. 997 or State Hill Road, as it's known locally.

"This will serve as a little bypass," Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon said. "I think people will use it."

"The idea is to get industrial traffic off Clayton Avenue, which is residential, onto State Route 997," Valentine said.

Valentine officially retires from the job as borough engineer Aug. 29 after 38 years of service. He expects to leave sooner to use up vacation time.

"I've enjoyed the work," said Valentine, 62. "The borough has been a good place to work."

He recalled that the biggest project he worked on was the Northside Pool when it was built in 1971. "That was a big job," he said.

The borough engineer reviews all plat plans and enforces subdivision, storm water, plan development and curb and sidewalk ordinances. The engineer also attends all borough council and planning commission meetings.

The Borough Council has tapped Kevin Grubbs, a draftsman in the engineering department, to succeed Valentine, McCammon said.

Like Valentine, Grubbs does not have a degree in engineering, but he will hold the title of borough engineer, McCammon said.

Grubbs won't get a raise for the new position until after the first of the year, McCammon said. "Our budget is set for this year," he said.

A third engineering department employee, Scott Crum, is a draftsman and inspector.

McCammon said he didn't know if the council would fill the slot in the office left by Valentine's replacement or if it will remain a two-person department. "We haven't pursued that yet," he said.

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