Rain slows progress on Waynesboro project

September 27, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Recent rains are causing delays for the Borough of Waynesboro's biggest public infrastructure project.

Crews are trying to install gabions, which are coated wire baskets, on the walls of Cemetery Avenue's stormwater outfall. Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs called it "a long, tedious process."

"It's pretty labor-intensive," he said.

Installation of the gabions is one of the final steps of ongoing work in the outfall. It is the first phase of a multimillion-dollar effort to address issues with the municipality's undersized and aging stormwater system.

The system has been blamed for flooding in yards and homes during heavy, fast rains.

Recent rains lifted mats from the bottom of the outfall before they were completely adhered.

"The weather has not been cooperating at all the past couple weeks," Grubbs said.

Upcoming rains could cause further issues, Grubbs said.

"It could set them back another week," he said.

Contractor David H. Martin Excavating hopes to have the work completed by the end of October, according to Grubbs.

Road closures remain at the intersections of Cemetery Avenue and Maple Street, and Cemetery Avenue, South Church Street and Old Mill Road.

Borough officials are considering minimal changes to the designs for phases two and three of the project. Bids for those phases — which primarily focus on South Potomac Street — came in $2.78 million higher than expected.

They're also trying to get a time extension for the bids under parameters set forth in a $5 million loan awarded by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority for the project.

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