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September 19, 2007

Intersection about to reopen in Lewisburg

LEWISBURG -- For those who have been waiting for the Third and Market streets intersection to reopen to traffic, the wait is almost over, the construction project engineer said Tuesday night.

"We had hoped that the Third Street intersection would be open this Thursday," Steven Beattie, of HRG Inc., Lewisburg, told the Borough Council Tuesday night.

"Unfortunately, we ran into some issues with storm drains that had been installed by PennDOT. We'll start patching up the road by the end of this week, and my hope is that sometime next week, the intersection will open."

As soon as Third Street opens, however, Fourth Street will close, he said.

He then discussed the Seventh Street closure.

"Things will get worse before they get better," Mr. Beattie said.

For now, Seventh Street is closed between Market and St. Louis streets, with through-traffic permitted on St. Louis.

"At some point, however, we are going to have to close that intersection to traffic in all directions, for about seven to 10 days," Mr. Beattie said.

"That will be an inconvenience, I know, but it's only temporary. Drivers are just going to have to find other ways to get around."

When the work between Market and St. Louis is done, construction will move down the road.

Borough manager Chad N. Smith asked the council to approve a subservient agreement contract, engaging the services of the Lewisburg Neighborhood Corp. to hire, manage and supervise an Elm Street manager to lead the development and revitalization of the Bull Run neighborhood.

The manager's position will be funded largely by a $100,000 Department of Community and Economic Development New Communities Grant, which was awarded to Lewisburg.

The borough is obligated to add an additional 10 percent matching funds to the grant.

Under terms of the agreement, not more than $50,000 of the grant money may be used in fiscal years 2007 and 2008 to fund daily operations of the Elm Street program. The money will be used for salaries and administration.

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