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Township road to be shut down so it can be raised

April 14, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Gehr Road north of Stottlemyer Road will be closed from 7 a.m to 4:30 p.m. weekdays for two to three weeks starting Tuesday as crews install utility lines for the 180-unit Spring Run Development and raise the road level three feet.

Washington Township, Pa., officials warned the road will be rough during the work.

Construction will begin Monday, but contractor D.L. George & Sons plans to keep one lane of traffic open to the public Monday.

Raising Gehr Road three feet is intended to bring it to the same level as the newest stretch of Washington Township Boulevard, according to Township Manager Mike Christopher.

"Washington Township Boulevard is higher than the (existing) Gehr Road is," he said.

The portion of Gehr Road that will be raised is 400 to 500 feet in length, Christopher said.

"We'll remove the existing paving, stockpile that and bring in fill material," he said.

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The contractor will create a base and cover it with six inches of blacktop, Christopher said.

That section of Gehr Road will be a north/south connection to Washington Township Boulevard, which will allow motorists to travel east and west in that area.

Washington Township Boulevard is a $14.3 million relief route being built north of Waynesboro to connect Pa. 16 to Pa. 316 and provide access to new residential and commercial development.

Work also is scheduled for a small section of Stottlemyer Road, but that is a few weeks away, Christopher said.

He also noted that provisions will be made to allow school buses and emergency vehicles to use Gehr Road during road work.

He encouraged anyone with questions to call the township office at 717-762-3128.

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