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Square changes receive go-ahead

October 20, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - It took eight years of planning and squabbling, but aesthetics finally won the day. Waynesboro's center square will get its long overdue makeover following a 5-1 vote Wednesday by the Borough Council.

The four-way intersection, which brings together Main and Church streets, will be filled on four sides by brick sidewalks. Two separate narrow brick walkways will traverse the square between North and South Church streets.

The design, approved and recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, was accepted by five of the council's six members on a motion by Councilman Dick George. There was no discussion.

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PennDOT will pay for the work.

No member of the audience spoke for or against PennDOT's design.

Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon cast the lone dissenting vote. He said after the meeting that there "were too many bricks."

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said he didn't know how much the project would cost PennDOT or when construction would begin.

The council in June gave its blessing to PennDOT's proposal to keep the intersection open to facilitate its plan for a $1.2 million synchronized traffic control system through the borough. It will replace the current outdated system.

At that time, some residents objected to the layout saying the design was not aesthetically pleasing.

Replacing the worn and uneven sidewalks around the square with brick pavers seemed to do the trick for the five councilmembers who approved PennDOT's latest design proposal.

The new brick sidewalks will jut into the square on four corners near the center at a cost of four parking spaces in the intersection.

The loss will be offset by four new spaces on all sides of Main Street that will now be available with the new design.

"It will be a wash," Hamberger said.

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