Spring weather benefits Greencastle street project

Columbia Gas is on South Jefferson Street this week, laying new lines along the eastern side of the roadway. Keith Rodriquez filled in the trenches of one completed section

Greencastle's Franklin Street improvement project is well-underway, though about a month behind schedule. The harsh winter delayed the work of Columbia Gas, doing the first stage of utility upgrades. The company is replacing low pressure lines with medium pressure lines, and moving meters outside of homes. It started on East Franklin and South Washington streets, battling snow and cold over the winter.

Now the crew is on South Jefferson Street, having completed work on Dahlgren Street. The final phase is South Carl Street. They are replacing 55 sidewalks during the project.

Columbia had hoped to be done with its part by the end of March.

"Some of the guys are working six days a week to catch up," said Greg Mann, quality and safety auditor.

The borough will next improve the stormsewer drainage, with the contract to J.A. Myers just signed. Borough manager Susan Armstrong said they "were ready to roll."

Replacement of water lines, some dating to 1910, comes next. The invitation to bid was just put out and the contract will be awarded in June.The capacity of the lines will be increased from four inches to eight inches.

After that, residents will have to repair faulty or install new curbing and sidewalks along the route. They must do so by fall. Financial assistance is available through grants, so low income people should apply at the borough office soon.

The last step is paving the streets, which will be done in 2015.