Square project to start at end of June

June 17, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- After about 15 years of waiting and debating, a $3.2 million project to change the layout of Center Square and synchronize Pa. 16 traffic lights will start at the end of the month.

Borough officials have been distributing a letter to downtown property owners and business owners to provide a timeline for the construction work. The letter also includes anticipated parking restrictions.

Information also has been posted at

"Everyone's pretty well informed," Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said.

This week, borough crews started to install a 12-inch waterline under Center Square. They worked late Tuesday under the threat of inclement weather.

The work should conclude today if the weather allows, then installation of six-inch lines will start.

Victorian-style traffic light poles also are expected to be delivered today.

Grubbs' timeline includes:

o June 18 to 26: The borough engineering department will begin field work on Main Street, between Grant and Walnut streets, to lay out the new curb grades. During this time, parking will be prohibited in the areas where the survey crew will be working and no-parking signs will be put in place the previous day. The crew only will be working in a one-block area at a time on Main Street inside the parking areas and on the sidewalk.


o June 29: Approximate start date for an electrician to being installing underground conduit for the new traffic signal cables. The contractor is preparing to start at the intersection of South Potomac and West Third streets, then proceed to Main Street at each intersection. Center Square will be finished last.

o July 6 to Oct. 3: The contractor might begin work on the brick sidewalk and curb project along Main Street between Grant and Walnut streets, excluding the square. The exact starting location will not be determined until the pre-construction meeting.

o July 20: The borough will begin work in Center Square to replace the entire storm-water system. The borough wants this work completed in conjunction with the square project so new curbing and brick sidewalks would not be affected by pipe installation. The project will take approximately two to three weeks to complete.

The entire project is expected to take three to four months.

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