Downtown streetscape enhancements set to get underway
Work will get underway Monday, October 19, on the second phase of the Borough's Downtown Revitalization Project. After repairing the water and sewer mains under Union Street last year, this part of the project involves new curbs, streetlights, trees, sidewalks, storm sewers, and pedestrian safety enhancements.
The first phase of this project, which will involve streetscape enhancements along North Union Street between Spring and Emaus streets (see attached drawing). Work on this phase will get underway on Monday, October 19 and is expected to last about a month. Like last summer’s infrastructure repairs project, work will proceed in stages. The exact timetable of the second stage, which is between Emaus and Mill streets, will begin in mid-November, weather permitting.
Union St. will be closed to through traffic throughout the project, though there will be local access throughout the project. During this construction, your vehicular and pedestrian access along Union St. may be limited. Please plan to utilize off street parking accessible from side streets or alleys, or to park your vehicle outside of the construction area if your destination is in the active work zone. Free, convenient parking will be available in the lot behind Borough Hall off of Catherine Street.
Through traffic will be detoured using West Main and Ann streets for most of the project, except when work takes place in the intersection of South Union and Ann streets, when a detour route using South Wood, State, and Canal streets will be in effect. The entire project is expected to be completed in July 2016, including a complete repaving of Union Street in the project area.
The project is being funded primarily through funds provided by Dauphin County, including a $1.5 million low interest (0.5 percent) loan from the County’s new infrastructure bank and a $250,000 Dauphin County gaming grant. Other funding sources include $750,000 in state liquid fuels money the Borough has accumulated and a similar amount of economic development funding from the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority (ICDA). No local tax dollars are being spent on the project.