First phase of Waynesboro stormwater project nears finish line

February 01, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Work on the first phase of a multimillion-dollar stormwater project in the borough’s south end is nearly complete with the next phase set to begin this summer, borough engineer Kevin Grubbs told the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday.

The improvements being made to the outfalls along Cemetery Avenue are the first of the three-phase project to address Waynesboro’s undersized and aging stormwater system.

The project began in May and resulted in the closing of Church and Maple streets and Old Mill Road near their intersection with Cemetery Avenue.

All streets in the project now are open to traffic.

A major setback happened Oct. 19 when rains caused the collapse of a wall near Cemetery Avenue’s intersection with Church Street. The collapse occurred near Antietam Dairy.

Grubbs said as of Wednesday, a 6-foot tall chain link fence was installed near Antietam Dairy.

“At this point everything is complete, and it looks very nice,” he said.

The only part of phase one that remains is the 150-foot area affected by the October wall collapse.

Grubbs said the contractor is working on a new design using gabion baskets with a 10-feet long “tail” piece that will extend into the embankment for a more secure hold.

“We just got the design done a few weeks ago and right now we are negotiating with the contractor on cost. It was just a little under $1 million and with the re-design it will take the cost up a little bit,” Grubbs said. “But, we are still well within our budget of the amount we were projecting to do in that area.”

Grubbs said the second and third phases of the project will be advertised on Monday for bid so contractors can pick up the bid packets.

Phase 2 has two projects – the Grant Street bypass and the replacement of existing stormwater pipe along South Potomac Street along Main and Gay streets.

Phase 3, the biggest phase, is the 3,500 foot bypass starting just south of the intersection of Third Street and continuing to Cemetery Avenue along the east side.

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