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Second phase of Waynesboro stormwater system project under review

April 09, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Efforts are under way to launch the second phase of a major stormwater system project in the Borough of Waynesboro.

Municipal officials are reviewing documents submitted by bidders seeking to improve the way stormwater flows on and under South Potomac Street, according to Kevin Grubbs, the borough’s director of engineering.

“We’re looking at those right now,” Grubbs said of bid documents.

The low bid is about $5 million, he said.

The Waynesboro Borough Council will soon be asked to consider authorizing the work. If it does, construction could start this summer.

It would be the second portion of a multi-phase attempt to address issues with the municipality’s undersized and aging stormwater system. Some borough homes, particularly those along Cemetery Avenue, have experienced flooding because of water surges in the system during fast and heavy rainfall.

Recently, the borough council unanimously approved a change order to redesign and finish a Cemetery Avenue wall area that collapsed Oct. 19, 2011, during work in the project’s first phase. A heavy storm caused some gabian baskets (wire cages that hold rocks or similar materials) to collapse in the outfall.

The change order will cost the municipality about $70,000, Grubbs said.

The original contract for that first phase was $922,000 awarded to Chambersburg, Pa., contractor David H. Martin Excavating.

The borough is using a low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority to fund the work. The borough council approved raising taxes this year to make payments on that loan.

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