Work on Quarryville's most ambitious street project of the year began in mid-June and will continue through the end of July.
The work began on the block of 2nd St. between S. Hess St. and S. Church St. That includes new water and sewer lines, reclaiming the street, installing new curbs, and paving.
Residents who did not have sidewalks on that block will now have to install the walks at their own expense. The borough did install, and pay for, new walks in front of the townhouses on the west end of the block.
"The builder put walks in when the houses were put up and they were done to code. We had to rip them out as part of the project, and that meant we had to replace them," borough manager Ken Work said.
The project also includes work on S. Hess St. from E. State St. to Park Ave. That street was one of the first in the borough to be rebuilt, with that project getting underway 17 years ago.
Now the borough will have the surface of S. Hess St. milled and repaved.
Milling the street will allow water to drain to the gutters and make it easier for the storm drains to work properly.
Before the milling can be done, the contractor is connecting two existing sanitary sewer lines by installing a short section of pipe from W. 4th St. down S. Hess St. That portion of the project got underway last week.
"Because there are no connections [in that area] there never was a sewer line. Connecting the two existing lines eliminates dead-end pipes and makes sure the flow is more consistent," Work said.
The milling will remove asphalt from the edges and then putting down an inch and a half of new asphalt on the street.
The milling will start on July 17.
Weather permitting, the paving will be done by July 24.
"We're letting residents and businesses know they can't park on S. Hess St. during the day while the work is going on," said Work. The street will be open at the end of the work day so residents can park overnight, but vehicles must be moved by 7 the following morning.
"The work should move quickly and I don't think people will have a lot of trouble getting around. I don't think it will cause a lot of disruption," Work said.
The borough had originally planned to put a light surface coat on S. Hess St. last year.
"But we found it would cost just a little more money to have the street milled and have an overlay put down, so we postponed the project until this year," Work said.
The block of 2nd St. will be repaved at the same time S. Hess St. is being paved. That block of 2nd St. has been reconstructed.
Long's Asphalt is the primary contractor, winning the work with a $432,000 bid.