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Repaving, street construction schedules approved

March 01, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Borough Council on Monday night approved a schedule of public works projects for 2007 and 2008 that includes repaving 13 streets and the reconstruction of another.

The most expensive project is the reconstruction of Brumbaugh Avenue, which is tentatively scheduled for 2008 at an estimated cost of $550,000. The borough is applying for a Pennsylvania Safe Routes to Schools grant to partially fund the project near Chambersburg Area Middle School, said Assistant Borough Manager David Finch.

The borough has received a $690,000 Safe Routes grant to reconstruct Roland Avenue, which serves the neighborhood near Faust Junior High School, Finch said. That project, which is set to begin this spring and be completed by August, will cost approximately $1.4 million, said Council President William McLaughlin.

Safe Routes to School projects are designed to promote safe walking and biking near schools. The council on Monday authorized borough officials to enter into a reimbursement agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the grant for the Roland Avenue improvement project.

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The Roland Avenue project calls for the street to be widened and have sidewalks, curbs and bike paths.

The total for street work in 2007 is $523,000 and $720,000 in 2008, a figure that includes the Brumbaugh Avenue reconstruction, according to Monday's consent agenda. The repaving work will be partially paid for with revenues from the borough's emergency and municipal services tax of $47 a year for people working in Chambersburg, according to Finch.

The repaving schedule for 2007 includes Central Avenue between Washington and McKinley streets; Norland Avenue between Scotland and Edgar avenues; Orchard Drive from Wayne Avenue to South Main Street; West Washington Street from South Main Street to Water Street; Stouffer Avenue; and West Queen Street.

In 2008, the schedule calls for repaving Cedar Street between Catherine and South streets; McKinley Street from Second to Fourth streets; Spring Lane; and Fairground, Laurel, Mentzer and Poplar avenues.

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