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Norland Avenue project clears another hurdle in Chambersburg

March 29, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council Monday night awarded a $4,435,765 contract for the extension of Norland Avenue, one of several major road projects in the borough's North End expected to be completed by this fall.

"If we stay on track with this the goal is to have the road constructed by the end of October," Borough Manager Eric Oyer said after the council approved the contract with Valley Quarries of Chambersburg. The other bid on the project was for $4.8 million from Hempt Brothers of Camp Hill, Pa.

Oyer said construction of the 3,344-foot extension could begin within a month, pending approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Funding for the project includes $2.4 million in federal money for the road and another $1.25 million in state money for the extension of sewer, water, electric and gas lines underneath the 100-foot right of way.

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GS&G Properties, the owner of the tract of land through which the road will pass, will be responsible for paying the difference between the $3.65 million in state and federal funding and the total cost of the project, according to an agreement with the borough.

The cost of the project had been estimated at approximately $4.8 million, Oyer said. Norland Avenue will be extended east to Walker Road, according to the plan.

The project is expected to speed development of the North End, according to borough officials.

The council also authorized the borough to execute an agreement with GS&G Properties for the construction of Gateway Avenue. GS&G will have the street, which will run from Norland Avenue southeast to Walker Road, built to borough specifications.

Phil Wolgemuth, the borough's director of planning, said bids on that project have been advertised and are due this Friday.

This summer, Exit 17 of Interstate 81 is scheduled to open, according to PennDOT. The $15.7 million exit, being built by Hempt Brothers, will join Walker Road west of the interstate and north of Norland Avenue.

Improvements to Walker Road, including a center turn lane, also are expected to be completed by October, according to Oyer.

The other major project in the area, a $27 million widening of U.S. 30 from Chambersburg east to Fayetteville, Pa., will be an ongoing construction project through the fall of 2006, PennDOT officials said earlier this month.

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