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Greencastle residents invited to meeting on Madison Street project

May 29, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, PA. -- Officials in the Borough of Greencastle will meet with the public June 8 to discuss the upcoming Madison Street paving project.

Scheduled to begin this fall, the borough will upgrade gas, water and stormwater management, and will repave the street between Linden Avenue and Jefferson Street.

Borough Manager Ken Womack said borough staff and representatives from Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and engineering firm Frederick Seibert & Associates will answer questions from the public at the meeting.

Staff will hold the meeting at Grace United Church of Christ, 128 E. Baltimore St., at 7 p.m.

The Madison Street project will be similar to the Allison Street project and, to a lesser degree, the project on Baltimore Street, Womack said.

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The borough replaced water and gas lines and laterals on both roads before repaving. Residents were required to replace ailing curbs and sidewalks as part of the projects, and stormwater management was added on Allison Street, Womack said.

In a press release Wednesday, Womack noted that Madison Street will be a comprehensive project and will include residents replacing curbs and sidewalks.

Hoping to avoid conflicts during the course of the project, Councilman Harry Foley said he encourages people to attend the June 8 meeting.

"It is better to meet as a group, not be bashful and ask questions," he said.

It could take more than a year to complete the project, Foley said, adding that rolling everything together makes sense.

"This is just good common sense," he said. "The water and gas lines are old. It would not make much sense to repave when we know those are so bad down there."

Because of the criticism sparked by the Baltimore Street project, Womack said the June 8 meeting will hopefully prepare people for the inconveniences anticipated on Madison Street.

Madison Street is a popular bypass for traffic on Baltimore Street, Foley said.

Because Madison Street is narrow and in disrepair, he said he expects traffic to be restricted and parking prohibited during the project.

"It is always a disruption when we do this," Womack said of comprehensive paving and utility upgrades. "Sooner or later people will be aggravated. We hope that telling them it is coming and giving them a timeline will lessen the impact."

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