By DAN ROBRISH
The Elizabethtown Advocate
In addition to the repaving of Market Street that is causing major traffic delays in Elizabethtown, the borough is replacing a sewer line in the area of North Market Street and Mechanics Alley.
The sewer replacement work is being done at night. The Borough Council decided last year to schedule it to be done before the repaving work gets to the area so it will not involve tearing up a newly resurfaced street. The work involves realigning and reconfiguring the 18-inch sanitary sewer interceptor.
Councilors voted in January to approve the low bid of Wexcon Inc. of Mohrsville, Berks County, in the amount of $185,780. Bids on the project were significantly different; the other bids ranged from $217,991 to $453,555.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has a contractor repairing and resurfacing Market Street, which is a state highway also known as Route 230. Work began in December to install Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb cuts at intersections so people in wheelchairs can use the crosswalks. In addition, Pennsy Supply Inc. is doing drainage work, base repair, removal of the top layer of asphalt, resurfacing the existing roadway and shoulders, guiderail replacement, and new signs and pavement markings. The Anville company has a $2,307,742.86 contract to do the work, which is scheduled to be done by July. Work began at the south end of town and has been moving north.
Wayne DeVan, the public works director for Elizabethtown Borough, said the sewer replacement project is scheduled to be done by Friday, May 19.
“That work was scheduled with PennDOT to make sure we don’t interfere when they get to that section,” DeVan said in an interview on Tuesday, May 2.
DeVan said the borough’s project is expected to be completed on time as long as it is not delayed by weather problems. He said any weather problems that might delay the borough’s project would also delay PennDOT’s work, so even if the borough’s work is delayed, it should be done by the time PennDOT gets to that section of Market Street.
PennDOT traffic statistics show that some sections of Market Street average more than 15,000 vehicles traveled daily. In some cases, the work on Market Street has caused long delays while traffic is allowed to only go in one direction at a time. PennDOT has advised travelers on Market Street to allow for additional time in their plans or seek an alternate route.