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Ninth Street construction to be done in July

May 20, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The extension of Ninth Street to Pa. 997, a 900-foot section that is supposed to turn the street into a mini-bypass, is scheduled to be completed by sometime in July, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said Wednesday.

The wet weather in recent days has not helped with the construction schedule, said Kevin Grubbs, assistant director of engineering for the borough.

"It backed us up at least a week," he said.

Valley Quarries of Chambersburg, Pa., was awarded the contract to do the final paving and install the curbs, while borough crews are doing the excavation work. They also installed the waterline and storm water drains and are doing all preparatory work before Valley Quarries begins the paving and curb work, Hamberger said.

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Valley Quarries submitted the low bid of $74,000. The borough received a grant for the project.

When it's finished, Ninth Street is expected to shift traffic, mostly trucks, off residential sections along Fifth Street and Clayton Avenue. Traffic will go directly from South Potomac Street to the industrial area on Ninth Street and then onto Pa. 997, or State Hill Road, as locals call it.

The borough owns the land the last stretch passes over.

The first phase of the Ninth Street Extension project brought the road from Church Street to Clayton Avenue in 2001. That job mainly involved paving over what before then was a dirt street. The next phase extended it from the southern end of Clayton Avenue to Beck Manufacturing.

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