Borough stormwater project underway

By on July 12, 2017

Workers will check and repair new storm sewer pipes, catch basins and manholes where required; replace some existing water service lines and   existing curb and sidewalk. Completion is expected by mid September.

A portion of Ephrata Borough’s 2017 stormwater improvement project began July 10.

Crews on Monday from MacMor Construction, in Dillsburg, started stormwater improvement work on Marshall Street between Lincoln Avenue and North State Street.

Also slated in the project for strormwater work is  Lincoln Avenue between East Locust Street and East Chestnut Street.

The project’s preliminary work started with asphalt pavement saw cutting, miscellaneous site prep, and deliveries of materials and equipment, said David S. Burkholder, Ephrata Borough engineering project manager.

Borough Council in May awarded the $333,410 low-bid contract to MacMor Construction at its regular May council meeting. The job has a prevailing wage requirement and pre-bid range estimates between a low bid of $350,000 and a high of $450,000.

Actual construction is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of July 17 in the North State Street intersection with Duke Street and Marshall Street where a connection to the existing storm water aqueduct will occur, Burkholder said.

During construction activities, which will occur Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the block under construction will be closed to through traffic with appropriate detours in place, he said.

“This project will install new storm sewer pipes, catch basins and manholes where required; replace existing water service lines and appurtenances as necessary to accommodate the new storm sewer pipe; replace existing curb and sidewalk, where required; and restore all surfaces disturbed by the work activities,” he said.

When working in the North State Street area two-way traffic will be maintained by flagging, no work through this area will be permitted on Fridays.

The eight to 11 week project should be completed by early to mid-September, Burkholder said.

“Adverse weather conditions and unforeseen conditions may extend the completion time,” he said.

Traffic will be open in work areas and parking permitted in the evenings and weekends.  The contractor will allow vehicles responding to an emergency and allow trash-recycling haulers through the active work zone as required.

The contractor has secured a staging-storage area on private property along the east side of Cherry Street south of Marshall Street.

Additional staging and storage, as necessary, may take place on Borough property at the intersection of Wenger Drive and Church Avenue, Burkholder said.

Nearby residents directly impacted by this project have been notified.

“This work is being completed ahead of street improvement projects scheduled for 2018,” Burkholder said.

Patrick Burns is social media editor and a staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at or at 721-4455.

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