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Supervisors shoot for 'shovel-ready'

July 06, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Washington Township Board of Supervisors approved Monday spending up to $15,500 in capital reserve funds to make a section of Washington Township Boulevard shovel-ready, hopefully enticing government funding.

Township Manager Mike Christopher said the boulevard project is at a standstill due to a lack of funding, making it difficult to complete the project using as little taxpayer money as possible.

With no outside money to be found and the recently completed boulevard bridge needing a support from a stable road, the board voted 4-0 Monday night to invest in shale and geogrid to support the bridge on either side.

A 1,000-foot dirt section of the boulevard between North Welty Road and Country Club Road was built when the $2 million bridge over Antietam Creek was constructed, Chairman Carroll Sturm said.

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The shale and geogrid would prepare the small section of the boulevard for blacktop, should funding come through, Christopher said.

Christopher has applied for a state grant through the office of state Sen. Rich Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, for the project, he said.

He is also hoping for more stimulus money to surface.

"If another round of stimulus money comes up, this would be shovel-ready for blacktop," he said. "Right now, it appears that all they are funding is blacktop."

The township applied for a grant in 2008 for the project, but was not approved, Christopher said.

Supervisor John Gorman said that while money is tight for the township, funds are available in capital reserve to pay for the shale and geogrid.

"It is a good idea to stabilize the bridge," he said. "It is sound engineering, there is a chance for a grant and the township can afford it."

The vote Monday awarded David H. Martin of Chambersburg, Pa., a contract to supply enough shale to fill the boulevard from North Welty Road to Country Club Road at a cost not to exceed $9,500. It also awarded North Carolina-based Hanes Geo Components a contract up to $6,000 to supply the section with geogrid, a mesh structure that allows superior interlocking with the surrounding soil.

Of the $16.7 million boulevard, only a section from Pa. 16 to Old Forge Road is complete.

The area from Old Forge Road to North Welty Road is still just grass, Sturm said.

Washington Township Boulevard would bypass the Borough of Waynesboro to the north stretching from Pa. 16 near Walmart to Pa. 316 northwest of the borough.

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