WAYNESBORO, Pa.—Stormwater system work starting soon in the borough of Waynesboro is expected to cause traffic tie-ups on some of the municipality’s busiest streets.
“There are going to be some delays. It will be aggravating to the motorists,” said Kevin Grubbs, director of borough engineering.
Three projects totaling $3.2 million in contracts will be able to start after documents are received from the bidders, Grubbs said. Those documents are due Jan. 22, he said.
First, crews will start replacing pipes and enlarging inlets on South Potomac Street at the intersection with West Main Street. Flaggers will control the flow of traffic there.
Expected to start shortly after that project is work on a small bypass for the system in the area of West Second and South Grant streets, as well as a larger bypass along South Potomac Street from Fifth to Ninth streets.
Crews will work east to Cleveland Avenue on the small bypass, which should take about six months, Grubbs said.
“The roads will be blocked, possibly closed during the times they’re there,” he said, saying the borough will be issuing public notifications about road closures.
Grubbs said the large project along South Potomac Street only should cause traffic problems initially. Workers will install pipe across the road at Ninth Street, but they then will move to rights of way paralleling the street.
The three portions of the project should all wrap up in a year, Grubbs said.
Contractors are David H. Martin Excavating for the South Potomac Street and Main Street portion, Fayetteville Contractors for the small bypass and D.L. George & Sons for the large bypass.
“There is going to be a time when all three contractors will be on site at the same time,” Grubbs said.
Settlement should occur in mid-February for a Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST) low-interest loan being used to finance the project, borough Solicitor Sam Wiser said.
The borough already made improvements to a Cemetery Avenue outfall to cut down on flooding in yards and homes resulting from an undersized and aging stormwater system.
“This will make (the situation) even better,” Grubbs said of the new work.