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Waynesboro square project pushed back

January 13, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A $1.3 million center square construction project in Waynesboro, Pa., has been delayed.

Work is expected to start in spring 2007, according to Greg Penny, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Waynesboro's borough manager, Lloyd Hamberger, said he was under the impression work would begin this fall, but he isn't surprised by the delay.

"The schedules are not set in concrete," he said.

PennDOT plans to open bids for the project early next year, Penny said.

The project manager at PennDOT received borough council's approval of sketches in the fall and is awaiting approval from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

"We expect this within the next few months so that we can complete the environmental clearance for this project and move into final design," Penny wrote in an e-mail.

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The council approved plans that show bricks on sidewalks and crosswalks, but not travel lanes as some residents wanted. The square, which is the intersection of Main and Church streets, will be pinched tighter between East and West Main streets.

In addition to reconfiguring center square, PennDOT plans to upgrade the seven intersections on Pa. 16 between North Grant Street and Welty Road.

In November 1998, council tied 3-3 on whether to reconfigure the square. The mayor at the time, Louis M. Barlup Jr., cast the deciding vote in favor of reconfiguration.

A new council voted 4-2 in May 2002 to leave the square at its current configuration. The council then voted 5-1 in October 2005 to proceed with the project.

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