Construction set to begin on N. Chambersburg Improvements Project

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

CHAMBERSBURG — Chambersburg Health Services (CHS), an affiliate of Summit Health, has issued a Notice of Bid Award to Fayetteville Contractors for the construction of the N. Chambersburg Improvements Project. 

The project, a joint public-private partnership between CHS, the Borough of Chambersburg, and Greene Township, will be funded in large part by a $2.4 million PennDOT Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) grant awarded to CHS in 2014.

President and CEO of Summit Health, Patrick O'Donnell expressed his gratitude for the support the project has received.

“This project has been years in the making. It would not have happened without the support of Senator Rich Alloway and Representative Rob Kauffman. They've been involved since the project's inception; Senator Alloway even hosted a tour of the project site for top PennDOT officials back in 2013,” he said.

The three-part project includes the extension of Parkwood Drive north into Greene Township, tying into the Grand Point and Kohler Roads intersection; reconstruction and extension of St. Paul Drive to intersect with Parkwood Drive; and a series of improvements to the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Norland Avenue. 

The project intends to enhance the efficiency and integration of the local road network in the growing commercial area of Norland Avenue.  The improvements are specifically outlined in the Borough's official map and both the Borough and Greene Township have publically supported the project in the past.  

“The collaboration between PennDOT District 8-0, CHS, and the host municipalities has made this process very productive,” explained Amy Kaufman of GMS Funding Solutions, the firm charged with managing and obtaining funding for the project.  “We're ready to break ground and expect construction to be complete by December 2017.”

The MTF grant program is funded through revenues resulting from Act 89, the 2013 Transportation Bill. It requires a 30 percent local match, which is being predominantly funded by CHS.