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Officials scout sidewalk's path

November 28, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Construction of a proposed nearly one-mile pedestrian walkway on the south side of Pa. 16 connecting Waynesboro Mall in the Borough of Waynesboro to Wayne Heights Mall in Washington Township won't begin until sometime in 2005, Township Administrator Michael Christopher said this week.

Christopher, Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger, state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin, and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation walked the proposed path Wednesday for a first-hand look at where the sidewalk will go and what obstacles its construction would face.

The walkway, to be built of concrete, will be from three- to five feet-wide along its course, depending on obstructions along its path. It will be built with an eight-inch curb.

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The Americans with Disability Act requires a minimum of three feet on sidewalks, officials said Wednesday.

The project will include building a bridge over the East Branch of the Antietam Creek near the entrance to Renfrew Park and Museum at Beck's curve.

Most of the money for the walkway - construction estimates run from $250,000 to $325,000 - was secured by Punt.

The project was delayed earlier when the Borough Council balked at giving its blessing because of arguments over where it should begin and on which side of Pa. 16 it would be built.

At one point Punt, frustrated with the council's delays, threatened to pull the state funds unless the council came around, which it eventually did.

Renfrew officials also were concerned about the path the sidewalk would take through the museum's property and who would be responsible for liabilities. Those issues also were resolved.

The walkway will begin along the Waynesboro Mall parking lot, run on PennDOT's right of way alongside the stone retaining wall of a private residence on the east end of the parking lot, across the front of the Waynesboro YMCA property, cross East Second Street, follow property owned by the Waynesboro Area School District to Renfrew and eventually connect with Welty Road.

Engineers planning the route will have to contend with utility poles, an underground gas line, crossing East Second Street and building the bridge at Renfrew.

PennDOT officials said there was enough room on its right of way to build the walkway without shifting the road.

The borough line extends along the south side of Pa. 16 or East Main Street, east to East Second Street.

Washington Township's line on the north side of East Main goes as far west as Northeast Avenue before turning north.

Some discussion Wednesday focused on putting in a left-turn lane onto Northeast Avenue, but it was decided that that would be left for another project.

Punt said his reason for getting state money for the sidewalk is safety.

"More and more people are walking along that road all the time," he said. "It's only a matter of time before someone gets killed."

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