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Pa. 16 work snarls traffic

June 02, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Consider it a preview of things to come.

Traffic was snarled for several hours Tuesday when the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation sent crews to Pa. 16 in downtown Waynesboro. A single lane was open as they fixed damaged pavement.

"They're taking out the bad areas in the roadway and replacing them," Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said.

Several replaced sections had dips where tractor-trailers wore down the asphalt when they stopped.

The efforts this week foreshadow a massive construction project to reconfigure Center Square, which is the intersection of Pa. 16 and Church Street. The $3.2 million effort will begin "any moment," Grubbs said.

Paperwork issues have delayed the start of work at Center Square, he said.

Contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Pa., will be tightening the square to resemble a traditional intersection, rather than the larger space used now. Traffic lights on Pa. 16 will be synchronized.

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-- Jennifer Fitch

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