Bids opened for U.S. 30 project in Chambersburg

December 19, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Camp Hill, Pa., construction company is the apparent low bidder to widen nearly four miles of U.S. 30 east of Chambersburg, a project designed to improve the flow of traffic on the borough's busiest route.

Greg Penny, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said Thursday that Hempt Bros. Inc. offered the lowest of three bids submitted for the job. The company's bid was $27,048,722.

Hempt Bros. also was the low bidder for the Exit 17 project slated to get under way next year on Interstate 81 in Chambersburg, Penny said.


The second low bidder was Kinsley Construction Inc. of York, Pa., with a bid of $27,278,986 followed in third place by J.D. Eckman Inc., of Atglen, Pa., with $28,312,052.

Hempt Bros.' bid will be reviewed by PennDOT, Penny said.

"If everything checks out, we should be able to award the contract within the next four to six weeks and construction could start in late winter or early spring," Penny said.

Costs in addition to construction include $2.9 million for engineering, $300,000 for utility work and $4.5 million for rights of way, Penny said.

The project is expected to take about 21/2 years to complete.

Utility companies have been moving poles and lines throughout most of the year in preparation for the construction, Penny said.

The work will widen U.S. 30 (also known as Lincoln Way East) for about 33/4 miles from just west of Interstate 81 east to Old U.S. 30 in Guilford Township, Pa., he said.

PennDOT traffic studies show about 32,000 vehicles - 12 percent of which are trucks - use the road every day.

Both sides are lined with commercial developments, much like Dual Highway in Hagerstown and the Golden Mile in Frederick, Md.

Plans call for expanding the road, which is mostly two lanes, to five lanes, including two travel lanes in both directions and the addition of a center turn lane.

The work will involve installing new gas, water and sewer lines plus new drainage systems, Penny said. Its traffic control lighting system will be coordinated with the system in Chambersburg.

Penny said the contractor will maintain single lanes of traffic in both directions at all times throughout construction.

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