2012-01-19 / Local & State

JLG Turning Lane Project Moving Forward

Commissioners meet with project engineers
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Fulton County commissioners got their first look at the JLG turning lane schematic Tuesday afternoon before heading to JLG Industries for a meeting with engineers, company officials and others involved with the project that is slated to get under way in April.

Prior to meeting with officials at JLG, commissioners Rodney McCray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher conversed briefly with Shawn Ritchey and Craig Rock, representing Keller Engineers. Ritchey, who serves in the capacity of project lead designer and construction engineer, told the commissioners the turning lane project is “a lot of project in a very short area.” Essentially situated between the Binder property along Route 16 and the intersection of Pyle Drive, the project is slated to entail both a widening of the roadway as well as the addition of a left turn lane.

Ritchey added that prior to the bid process getting under way, all right-of-way plans were devised, purchased and cleared. Since that time Grannas Brothers Stone & Asphalt in Hollidaysburg has been selected to handle the construction and paving aspects of the project that will be funded through a variety of entities such as the county, Ayr Township, JLG and grant money.

As bids came in slightly higher than anticipated, it was noted by special projects coordinator Karen Hann that someone, whether it be PennDOT or even JLG, will have to step up and take care of overages. Hann added that the county has already stepped up and contributed substantial funding to the project.

In talking further about change orders and guidelines for unforeseen expenses, Ritchey stated in the past something has always arisen or come up with projects in terms of changes. PennDOT has various methods in place to take care of these issues, but “from the financial side that will be something that needs to be worked out,” said Ritchey.

“We’re already over the amount allotted,” Ritchey reminded those on hand.

Rock further noted that as McConnellsburg is a small town, this project is likely to have a big impact on the community. He assured the commissioners he would do his best to answer any questions that pop up over time.

Commissioner McCray said, “We don’t want to micromanage but we want to have a good picture of what is going on... .”

“We don’t like surprises. Once it starts, we want it to go smoothly,” he added. The project is expected to be completed in September.

During other matters addressed with Hann, the commissioners agreed to proceed with the 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application. As recommended by the county Planning Commission, the projects and allotments to be included on the application are $5,000 to the Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co.; $25,000 to the Warfordsburg Senior Citizen Center; Fulton County Food Basket, $7,600; McConnellsburg Sewer Authority, $69,000; Belfast Township (Needmore water project), $75,000; and program administration, $40,000.

Hann was questioned on the topic of historic preservation and if CDBG funding would be available to help with the exterior renovation of the Sheriff’s Office. Hann agreed to check into the matter.

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