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Ninth Street extension officially opens in Waynesboro

August 06, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - When Mayor Louis Barlup and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster cut a ribbon Thursday to officially open the last 900 feet of Ninth Street, it meant that Waynesboro's section of a southern bypass around the borough is complete.

A Franklin County comprehensive plan mapped out by county and borough officials and adopted in 1990 spelled out the route the bypass is supposed to take through the borough.

According to the plan, the bypass would run west from State Hill Road (Pa. 997) along Ninth Street to Old Mill Road to Cemetery Avenue, cross South Potomac Street (Pa. 316) and end a few hundred feet west through some private property at the borough line.

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It would be up to Washington Township to take it farther west to a point near where Cleveland Avenue and Marsh Road meet, said Kevin Grubbs, assistant borough engineer.

Meanwhile, the completion of the Ninth Street project is expected to take some of the truck traffic off Clayton Avenue, Grubbs said.

Borough crews did the work on the last 900-foot stretch of Ninth Street from Beck Manufacturing Inc. to State Hill Road.

Work on the project began in September 2003, but it was interrupted by wet weather last fall and again this spring, Grubbs said.

The project was funded through a $160,000 federal grant secured by Shuster, R-Pa. He said Thursday that borough officials asked him for help.

"The project had merit," he said.

Shuster said Thursday that the money, from the federal Transportation Appropriation Bill, was the first grant from that source that he obtained for his 9th Congressional District that includes all or parts of 15 counties.

Shuster estimated that since then, he has secured more than $4 million for projects in the district.

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