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Storm-water project in Waynesboro progressing

June 22, 2011|By BILL KOHLER | billk@herald-mail.com
  • Church Street near Antietam Dairy on the south side of Waynesboro, Pa., is closed as crews continue their work on the borough's aging storm-water system. Cemetery Avenue will remain open during the first phase of the project, which is scheduled to last into October.
By Bill Kohler/Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Work to repair Waynesboro’s undersized storm-water system is progressing nicely, a borough’s official said Monday.

Kevin Grubbs, director of engineering services for the borough, said the first phase of the approximately $6.3 million project is on schedule after a slow start brought on by bad weather.

“Everything is actually going along real well,” Grubbs said.

The first phase of the project will address improvements to the outfall along Cemetery Avenue, include widening of arches under Maple and Church streets.

The system was identified as the cause of flooding in some yards and homes, with heavy rains in June 2006 causing significant problems. Water in the system has backed up and popped off manhole covers, according to previous reports.

Grubbs credited crews from David H. Martin Excavating for keeping the project moving after some early headaches.

“The contractor handled those issues very quickly and efficiently,” Grubbs said.

Grubbs said crews have completed about 80 percent of the removal of the old box culverts on Maple and Church. Next, crews will pour the footers for the new culverts for both streets and continue utility relocation.

Work on the first phase will not be completed until October, he said.

Grubbs said everyone in the area has been cooperative and patient, despite the road closures and detours. Cemetery Avenue, which runs parallel to Green Hill Cemetery and leads to Waynesboro Municipal Golf Course, is expected to remain open throughout the construction.

On a sweeter note, customers of local favorite Antietam Dairy at the intersection of South Church and Old Mill Road still can reach the dairy from Potomac Street by detouring onto 9th Street and then turning right at Church.

“People are still finding us,” said Cathy Sweet, who owns Antietam Dairy with her husband, Jake.

The Sweets had several detour signs made to help customers find the shop.

“We still have people coming, but it has been challenging,” she said.

The final phase of the project won’t likely get started until next spring or summer, Grubbs said.

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