Contractor to fix street cuts on Main St.; PennDOT paving prep gets underway

The major repairs of the water and sewer mains under the road have been done. However, the Borough and PennDOT have issued a “punch list” of items the contractor must finish or re-do before the project is considered complete. Chief among those items is proper repaving of the street cuts that were done during the project. This includes adjacent Borough streets at many intersections. UGI has also been given similar notice about some of its street cuts in the area.

The contractor has indicated they will return to address the paving issues in early November (UPDATE: That work will get underway on Wednesday, Nov. 4). Their plans call for milling and repaving an eight-foot wide area over the street cuts from the Borough infrastructure project. This is expected to rectify the rough, uneven patches originally made in those areas.

Complete repaving of the roadway, originally expected to be completed this fall, has been delayed until spring, PennDOT representatives told the Borough at a recent meeting held at state Representative John Payne’s office.

PennDOT has notified the Borough the contractor plans to begin curb cut work required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and drainage improvements that will be a part of the project. Actual repaving is not expected until spring 2016.

>> Read the PennDOT press release

The Main Street repaving is part of a PennDOT project to repair and resurface a 3.2-mile section of Route 230 in the area near the Airport Connector  in Lower Swatara Township to the intersection of Harrisburg Pike and Route 341, Colebrook Road in Londonderry Township.

According to PennDOT, “travelers that they may encounter shifting traffic patterns or single-lane traffic restrictions with flaggers assisting them through the work zone on weekdays from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM for curb, drainage and base repair work through the winter, then in the spring from 6 PM to 6 AM during nighttime paving operations.”

No explanation has been given for the delays in the paving project, which originally was supposed to begin in late August or early September.

“This all happened post-bid,” said the PennDOT representative at that meeting. “We don’t have any control over the contractor. The only thing we can control is the end date.”

The contract calls for the entire repaving project to be completed by August 4, 2016, PennDOT said.

Stage-by-Stage detour maps

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Main Street infrastructure project nears completion
Main Street to be open Fourth of July weekend
Contractor: Project is on schedule
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