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Center Square work to begin

February 25, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Construction work on Center Square should start at the beginning of March, Waynesboro Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said this week.

Reconfiguring the square has been in the works for 14 years.

Grubbs said contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Pa., updates him regularly and reports being on schedule. The contractor has been submitting documents to the state.

"They're pretty much ready to go," Grubbs said.

The $3.2 million project will eliminate the existing double set of traffic lights, making the square a more traditional intersection for motorists. Pedestrians will have "bumped out" curbs to shorten their crossing on both the east and west sides of Main Street.

"It gets the pedestrians out there and in sight of the motorists," Grubbs said.

Red brick pavers will replace all sidewalks, and curbs will be improved. Pa. 16 will be paved, and eight of the road's traffic lights will be synchronized.

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Grubbs said construction workers with flags will direct traffic when it's restricted to one lane, but he said that should not occur too often.

The borough will use the construction schedule as an opportunity to replace and enlarge storm-water pipes on the edges of the square for $130,000. That work was recommended as part of a broader study for ways to improve flooding conditions in the south end of town.

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