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Downtown Waynesboro improvement project advances

November 06, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Borough of Waynesboro officials plan to inspect Main Street improvements in the coming days to identify any flaws that need last-minute fixes before several road and sidewalk projects come to a close.

The final bricks must be laid, the new sidewalks grouted and a few overhead poles swapped out.

"I think everything is looking great," Waynesboro Mayor Richard Starliper said.

Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs presented the Waynesboro Borough Council with an overview of the work this week.

"Things are starting to come to a close with the traffic signal project," he said, referring to new, Victorian-style poles and synchronized lights.

Some of the council members questioned why the older poles still hold overhead signs alerting motorists that a turn lane is ahead.

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"For whatever reason, they weren't included in the conceptual plan," Grubbs said, saying the borough doesn't have the correct equipment to remove them, but he's asked the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to do it.

Sidewalk-mounted poles can be used temporarily, Grubbs said, because the black poles will take at least 13 weeks to arrive once ordered.

Contractors also reworked lights at the intersection of Potomac and Main streets, after the one with turn arrows was installed on the wrong side. PennDOT's contract for the traffic light synchronization and Center Square reconfiguration was $3.2 million.

Main Street Waynesboro Inc. officials are preparing to present the borough council with further information about donations it gathered toward the installation of brick sidewalks. Estimates were that work, done by GRC General Contractor Inc., could exceed the $500,000 received in grant money.

Starliper said he has enjoyed seeing the efforts of council and nonprofit organization Main Street Waynesboro Inc. come to fruition.

"What they have done so far is great. The comments I've received have been on the positive side, even from those who were negative when the project started," he said.

The mayor said he hopes to see even more businesses open downtown to supplement some of his favorites, which include Zoe's Chocolate Co., Waynesburger, Dollar General, Frank's Pizza and James Shoes.

"There are a lot of other communities that are looking at this project," Starliper said.

On Wednesday, Grubbs showed the councilmen the changes that had been made at the public Rotary Parking Lot, which is one block off West Main Street. They talked about worn-down walkways and saw the new lights there.

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