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Lights, bricks, action

September 20, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- New traffic signal poles could be installed on Center Square in Waynesboro by the end of September, but they won't be powered on right away, according to Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs.

Grubbs recently presented the Waynesboro Borough Council with an update on Center Square work. He spoke favorably of the speed of construction, although he cautioned a potential standstill is coming.

Contractor J.D. Eckman of Atglen, Pa., will pause its work while brick pavers are installed to replace concrete sidewalks, Grubbs said.

Currently, the West Main Street sidewalks between Dollar General and Cleveland Avenue are being swapped out for bricks.

"We had to remove some trees that were rather large," Grubbs said, saying at least one was rotted anyway.

The council complimented the maintenance department on its efforts to replace storm-water inlets and pipes on Center Square. They installed 300 feet of pipe and 13 inlets.

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"Those guys did a really good job," Grubbs said.

Much of the construction will wrap up by November, according to Grubbs. A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman said Main Street (Pa. 16) will be repaved in 2010.

Council President Craig Newcomer expressed concerns about the black, Victorian-style traffic light poles that have been installed.

"They are ungodly," Newcomer said, adding that he didn't like the looks of the large boxes for controls and the metal straps holding them in place.

The poles are hollow to hold conduit inside, like the poles used in Gettysburg, Pa., Newcomer said.

The council asked Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger to talk to representatives of PennDOT, the contractor and the signals' subcontractor about fixing the problem.

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