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Weather halts work on boulevard

February 15, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Inclement weather temporarily has stalled work on Washington Township Boulevard, but crews were taking advantage of fair days in January and early February to further develop the relief route near Old Forge Road.

Workers are avoiding the immediate area adjacent to Old Forge Road because of a waterline, Township Manager Mike Christopher said in memo to the township supervisors. They also don't have a highway occupancy permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for that area, he said.

Christopher has recommended the road not yet be opened at Old Forge Road, even if the highway occupancy permit would be issued soon.

A hill on the Carlino property was blasted away for a waterline, and large rocks remain. Those rocks are intended to be broken up for use as fill elsewhere.

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The township supervisors identified the start of the road's construction between Old Forge Road and Country Club Road as one of their goals for 2007. They feel developers will finish the road between Gehr Road and Country Club Road this year.

The supervisors also are looking to award a contract for the boulevard's bridge over the East Branch of the Antietam Creek after the bridge is designed and engineered.

Final right-of-way acquisition is taking place for the $14.3 million relief route designed to alleviate traffic on Pa. 16. The first phase of the boulevard is open between Pa. 16 at Rouzerville Commons and Old Forge Road.

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