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Waynesboro square work continues

trucks still a concern

October 02, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Waynesboro borough officials have strongly curbed their enthusiasm regarding big rigs traveling through town.

Oversized loads diverted off Interstate 81 because of construction have been getting stuck on Center Square for several weeks. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation told Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs that it would stop issuing permits that instruct tractor-trailer drivers to turn from Pa. 16 to Pa. 997 in the Square.

However, the new suggested routes tell drivers to turn from Pa. 16 to Pa. 316 at an even tighter intersection.

"That's just impossible to do," Grubbs said.

Police and borough employees started guiding the tractor-trailers to Center Square instead of Pa. 316. But Grubbs is extremely concerned about a truck driving over the new, brick sidewalks that jut into the intersection in an effort to shorten the crosswalks.

PennDOT signed a $3.2 million contract to reconfigure Center Square and synchronize Pa. 16 (Main Street) traffic lights. The borough is spending another $500,000 to replace concrete sidewalks with bricks.

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Center Square project contractor J.D. Eckman Inc. of Atglen, Pa., and subcontractors are running cables for traffic signals.

"They're finishing up on the Square. They're putting down bricks on the south side," Grubbs said.

The sidewalks replacement was supposed to be completed in November, but Grubbs said continued fair weather could allow that effort to wrap up in late October.

Main Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for Market Day, a festival featuring craft and food vendors as well as live entertainment.

The day also features St. Andrew Catholic Church's annual Oktoberfest celebration. The church is at Main and Broad streets.

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