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More detours ahead for U.S. 30 motorists

March 07, 2005|by DON AINES

chambesburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - With winter coming to an end, the second year of construction on the U.S. 30 widening project is about to begin, starting with reconstruction of the roadway in Chambersburg east to Falling Spring Road.

Dick Wagner, project coordinator for Hempt Bros. of Camp Hill, Pa., said traffic soon will be shifted to the south side of U.S. 30 from Burger King in Chambersburg just west of Brumbaugh Avenue out to Falling Spring Road. Once that work is completed, traffic will be shifted to the north side of the highway to allow crews to reconstruct the southern lanes, he said.

Wagner outlined the planned construction schedule for 2005 during a sparsely attended public meeting Wednesday night at Faust Junior High School. The $27 million project to reconstruct and widen the highway from three to five lanes along a 3.7-mile section east of Chambersburg is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2006, he said.

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Once the road is reconstructed out to Falling Spring Road, Wagner said the process will be repeated from Falling Spring Road to Quarry Road. The reconstruction should be completed by Labor Day, he said.

In the eastern portion of the project, Wagner said the concrete base between Sunnyside Drive and Norlo Park in Guilford Township will be patched and then overlaid with asphalt this year.

The intersection of Walker and Stouffer roads at U.S. 30 in the borough is slated for work this year, with the intersection also getting a new traffic signal, Wagner said. New signals will be installed at the offramps and on ramps of Interstate 81, Falling Spring Road and at Sheetz across from the entrance to the Franklin Center shopping center, Wagner said.

St. John's Drive on the north side of U.S. 30 will be realigned so it is directly across the road from Garman Drive, Wagner said. The intersection could have a temporary traffic signal installed by the end of the year, with a permanent signal going in next year, he said.

On the south side of the Ragged Edge Road intersection, Guilford Township is building a new road. Wagner said that intersection also might have a temporary signal by the end of this year and a permanent traffic light in 2006.

If construction goes well this spring and summer, Wagner said some reconstruction work could begin from St. John's Drive to Sunnyside Drive in the fall.

Work on the installation of a new water main for Chambersburg that began last year will continue between the 1400 and 1700 blocks, according to Wagner. The installation of stormwater drainage systems and sewer lines that began in 2004 also will continue, he said.

Weather permitting, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says U.S. 30 will be restricted to a single lane at Edwards Avenue from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday for waterline work.

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