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Construction won't disrupt Greencastle's Sidewalk Days

July 08, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Construction on Baltimore Street (Pa. 16) will not interfere with Greencastle's Sidewalk Days, officials said.

For the last nine months, construction and long lines of traffic have bottlenecked the downtown retail area that hosts the two-day event.

Greencastle Borough Manager Ken Womack said the current contractor, JVH Excavating of Leymone, Pa., has been asked to avoid the area reserved for the celebration on its scheduled days: Friday and Saturday.

The 42nd annual Sidewalk Days will fill the square and areas of Baltimore and Carlisle streets with dozens of food, craft and merchandise vendors.

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With both the economy and the construction taking a toll on bottom lines in Greencastle, it was important to take additional steps to ensure the success of Sidewalk Days, said Bill Gour, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

"While our merchants and residents see the repairs as an inconvenience, most people recognize the necessity of the work being done," he said. "Our goal was to minimize the impact of that inconvenience on Sidewalk Days."

Sidewalk Days is one of the Chamber's successful endeavors to draw additional customers downtown.

The idea behind the event is to bring the bargains from downtown merchants and local vendors out to the street to show customers the many deals to be had in Greencastle, Gour said.

Even the parking spaces along Baltimore and Carlisle streets are filled with vendors during the event, so the contractor has been asked to keep two lanes of traffic open on Baltimore Street, Womack said.

While the contractor has the borough's permission to continue work on the water main replacement project outside of the area reserved for Sidewalk Days, Womack said even if work is being done, there should be no flags controlling traffic, allowing it to flow smoothly through town.

Gour said he is confident that with the construction paused, Sidewalk Days will continue to see the success it has enjoyed during the last 42 years.

"Not too many towns do this type of event and do it for two days," he said. "It's a really cool event."




If you go



What: 42nd Annual Sidewalk Days

When: Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Downtown Greencastle, Pa.

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