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Waynesboro council OKs contractors to make stormwater system upgrades

September 19, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — After twice rejecting bids for coming in over budget, the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday approved contractors to make improvements to the municipality’s stormwater system.

The undersized and aging stormwater system has been blamed for flooding in yards and homes in the past.

The borough already oversaw the widening of a stormwater outfall along Cemetery Avenue. Now, it will be making improvements along South Potomac Street using a Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST) low-interest loan.

After a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation permit is received for related roadwork, contracts will be awarded to:

  • David H. Martin Excavating, $347,635, for replacing pipes and enlarging inlets on South Potomac Street from Main Street to Gay Street.
  • Fayetteville Contractors, $863,985, for pipes in the area of West Second Street and South Grant Street.
  • D.L. George & Sons, $1.97 million, for pipes along South Potomac Street from Fifth Street to Ninth Street.

The council approved awarding the contracts contingent on the PennDOT permit.

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Borough staff revised the project over the past few months in hopes of securing bids within budget.

Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said about $1.2 million of the PennVEST money will now go unused.

The first phase of the project made changes to the Cemetery Avenue outfall. The original contract for that first phase was $922,000 awarded to Chambersburg, Pa., contractor David H. Martin Excavating, but a change order tacked on about $70,000.

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