Parts of Baltimore Street through downtown Greencastle were limited to one-lane traffic or closed completely this week as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation worked to repair ruts on both sides of the street.
The base repair included milling out the bad spots in the pavement, filling in with good blacktop then running a roller over the new macadam, according to Mike Arnold, PennDOT highway foreman.
There have been complaints about the poor condition of Baltimore Street for months. At the Greencastle Borough Council meeting on April 2, Mayor Ben Thomas Jr. said he regularly gets complaints about the main street through town and its cracks and ruts.
The blacktop basically just failed and gave way, according to Arnold, who said contributing factors include truck traffic and heat.
"I have a great desire to see Baltimore Street repaved," Councilman Duane Kinzer said at the April meeting.
That is not in the immediate future, but PennDOT will return to reseal the patched spots in July. Arnold noted he hopes the street could be repaved in two or three years.
One area road that is going to be repaved soon is Welsh Run Road in Montgomery Township, which will be done before July, Arnold said. Next, the PennDOT crew is headed to Route 75 for patching from Route 16 in Mercersburg south to the Montgomery Township building.