Waynesboro Council discusses fixing East Second Street

July 21, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Driving on East Second Street in front of Waynesboro Area Senior High School can be a jarring experience.

Potholes and cracks in the road have worsened in recent years because of construction vehicles entering the high school property. Also, the road was torn apart for work done on a water line.

The school's general contractor, Lobar Inc., is required to restore the damaged section of road to its previous condition. Some of the damage has been repaired, but a meeting is being set up with the Borough of Waynesboro to determine whether the repairs are enough.

"They're supposed to replace it to an acceptable base. They're not required to pave the whole street," Waynesboro Area School District Superintendent James Robertson said.


Waynesboro Borough Council members agree it's past time for the road to be paved.

"We want to get that taken care of because it causes problems," said Council President Craig Newcomer, who said he knows a motorcyclist who almost crashed at the base of the hill.

Money intended to pave East Second Street was spent when CV Avenue's reconstruction costs escalated in 2008.

"At this point, we have no money to do Second Street," Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said last week.

Newcomer said estimates for paving projects change often because the price of asphalt fluctuates. With high school construction mostly complete, the council is talking in earnest about fixing the road.

"We were kind of holding off because of the heavy equipment," Newcomer said.

Robertson said the school district still hopes to extend Third Street to the high school property someday. No timeframe has been created for that work.

"We don't have plans to do that this year," he said.

The Herald-Mail Articles