East Second Street open for traffic

Resurfacing extends from Myrtle Avenue to the Waynesboro Area Middle School driveway entrance

August 20, 2010|By DANA BROWN
  • East Second Street in Waynesboro, Pa., was reopened to traffic Friday. The road from Myrtle Avenue to the driveway entrance of Waynesboro Area Middle School was reconstructed and resurfaced.
Dana Brown, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- With newly painted yellow center lines and a reconstructed surface, East Second Street in Waynesboro is open for traffic.

The road provides two-way traffic access to Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

The resurfacing extends from Myrtle Avenue to the Waynesboro Area Middle School driveway entrance.

The project was started in July and slated for completion before the start of the school year.

The 1,300-foot street resurfacing project cost about $270,000, according to Kevin Grubbs, the borough's head of engineering services.

Grubbs said the street was totally reconstructed.

Old material had been removed and 6 inches of base material put down to strengthen the street, followed by 2 inches of wearing course for smoothness and skid resistance, Grubbs said.

"We wanted to make sure it was strong enough to handle bus traffic," Grubbs said,

Grubbs said the average daily traffic flow on the street is about 3,000 vehicles.


"We built it to last 15 to 20 years," he said.

Borough council members recently discussed the potential for speeding on the street and looked at possibly posting signals to alert drivers to the speed limit.

Grubbs said the condition of the street before the resurfacing project gave drivers no choice but to slow down.

Waynesboro council member Ronnie Martin previously joked he "rode down there the other day and lost two fillings" because of the choppiness.

Tyler Wyatt and Stephen Brewer, incoming seniors at Waynesboro Area High School, were among the first to drive on the newly resurfaced Second Street on Friday.

Both gave their thumbs up.

"It's pretty sweet," Wyatt said.

"It's a lot safer, too," Brewer said. "Especially for an old car like mine."

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