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Waynesboro brick sidewalk project progressing slowly

September 02, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Workers are putting the finishing touches on brick sidewalks in the first phase of a $525,000 Main Street revitalization project.

Crews for the phase between Potomac Street and the alley next to Susquehanna Bank put sand between new bricks and sprayed them, Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said. Parking meters will be re-installed soon, he said.

"That'll be open for parking before the weekend," Grubbs said.

The borough council authorized GRC General Contractor Inc., of Waynesboro, in mid-July to start replacing concrete sidewalks with brick on Main Street from Walnut Street to Cleveland Avenue. A Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant will pay for most of the work.

"Everything's moving smoothly, but not as quickly as we would've liked," Grubbs told the borough council at its meeting Wednesday.

Demolition has prepared the south side of Main Street from Potomac Street to Cleveland Avenue for bricks. It also prepared the section of Main Street from Walnut Street to an alley on the south side.

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Property owners were asked to sign legal releases for their section of sidewalk not in the borough right of way. On Wednesday, M&T Bank's requested stipulations provoked some of the council members.

The council voted 5-1 to reject the bank's comments and not extend the bricks to the business's entrances. The letter to the bank will indicate the council is "disappointed."

Voting in favor were Ronnie Martin, Ben Greenawalt, Jason Stains, C. Harold Mumma and Charles "Chip" McCammon. Voting against the decision was Craig Newcomer.

Grubbs said no trees have been removed thus far for the sidewalk project. He asked the council to consider whether they want to continue putting mulch around the trees or switch to stone.

In other business, council members agreed to ask the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to restore a four-way stop for the traffic signals at the intersection of East Main Street and Second Street/Mickley Avenue. Plans for traffic light synchronization would've given pedestrians seven seconds with a walk signal, followed by 15 seconds of a flashing no-walk signal.

The council wants all traffic to stop at the intersection for pedestrians due to its proximity to the Waynesboro Area YMCA and three schools. The concerns were partially validated by an Aug. 20 pedestrian accident at the intersection.

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