Temporary storm-water fix to cost Waynesboro $6 million

February 07, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Band-Aid to fix the Borough of Waynesboro's problematic storm-water system will cost $6 million, the borough engineer told the council Wednesday.

Kevin Grubbs reviewed the results of a storm-water study by Dennis E. Black Engineering of Chambersburg, Pa. The consultants will be asked to hold a special session with concerned residents and the council as soon as possible.

The recommendations presented by Grubbs included:

· Using a concrete aqueduct to improve flow in the South End of town

· Creating a system bypass at Grant and West Second streets

· Enlarging pipes to stop manhole surcharges around the intersection of Potomac and Main streets

· Replacing pipes for the Center Square inlets

The fifth and by far most expensive improvement would be developing an entirely separate system for South Potomac Street starting in the area of West Third Street.


"It's not a permanent fix," Grubbs said. "We're not going to be able to walk away from it."

Residents - especially those of Maple Street, Cemetery Avenue and Fifth Street - have peppered the council with stories of flooded yards, vehicles and basements following periods of quick, heavy rainfall. Some have sued, saying the council has been aware of the problems for two decades and did nothing to fix them.

On Wednesday, Grubbs testified to the experiences of people living near the intersection of Grant and West Second streets during the three-day storms of June 2006.

"We actually had cars that were parked that were floating," he said. "There were cars floating in that intersection."

Under the engineers' proposal, storm water at that intersection would be diverted along Second Street and onto Snider Avenue.

"It'll relieve that intense flow," Grubbs said.

The council has authorized watertight manholes and backflow preventers, which were installed last year to provide temporary fixes. Grant money is being sought as the council decides how to proceed with and pay for the recommendations.

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