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TO-DO: Middletown train station

demofortrain8 19 15WEBPress And Journal File Photo -- The A.C. Green warehouse on West Main Street is demolished to make way for the new Amtrak train station that will be built there.

Construction of the new Amtrak train station on West Main Street is expected to start in early 2016, PennDOT officials have told the borough.

The $32 million project includes building a pedestrian bridge from the private Penn State Harrisburg student housing over West Main Street so students can cross safely to the new train station.

Emaus Street is also to be extended to West Main Street as part of the train station project. The Emaus Street extension would be completed toward the end of the overall project.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike Bridge Over Vine Street

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:36

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MAKING A SPLASH: At Middletown pool, revenues are up this summer

layton8 19 15Press And Journal Photo by Dan Miller --Memberships at the Middletown Community Pool have increased to 44, up from 29 last year, said Manager Sue Layton

 

 

The Middletown Community Pool is on the comeback trail.

Memberships and revenue are up compared to 2014, said pool manager Sue Layton. “This year has been a very good year,” she said.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 16:58

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To-Do: Middletown's downtown renovation project

downtown8 19 15WEBPress And Journal Photo by Jim Lewis -- Old storefronts at Union and Emaus streets in Middletown’s business district are demolished as part of the borough’s downtown renovation project.


After the first set of bids from contractors came in too high, the borough and the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority sought new bids on the downtown streetscape improvement project.

The project includes proposed aesthetic improvements from just north of Union and Emaus streets south to Ann Street. The project currently has a budget of $2.7 million.

When will it begin? The deadline for contractors to submit bids is 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:38

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GoFundMe drive aids synagogue project

 

bnaiphoto8 19 15Press And Journal Photo by Jim Lewis -- B'nai Jacob Synagogue in Middletown.

A lot of people are coming together to fix one of Middletown's most iconic old buildings. And it all started with a conversation between two strangers in a New York City hotel lobby.

So far, an Internet GoFundMe account has raised more than $15,000 toward the $25,000 needed to repair the 109-year-old B'nai Jacob Synagogue at Nissley and Water streets.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 11:57

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TO-DO LIST: Paving Main Street, building a train station, replacing local bridges are among the big projects coming up

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signsonmain8 19 15WEBPress And Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- A portion of Main Street in Middletown is closed while crews replace water pipes. When the project is finished, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will repave the street.

It seems as though Main Street in Middletown has been torn up forever.

That’s not true, of course. The project to replace water lines along the street started in mid-March. Since then, a contractor working for the borough has been relentlessly pushing west, block by block, over the spring and the hot summer.

Now the job is just about over. Despite some “minor issues” with old water pipes – and challenges caused by not always knowing exactly what’s located where under the road – the Main Street project is “on schedule and under budget,” the borough said in a press release posted on www.middletownborough.com.

When the project started, borough officials said the goal was to finish sometime in August so that Main Street can be repaved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Having PennDOT pave the road will save borough taxpayers at least $250,000, the borough has said.

PennDOT has started milling and resurfacing Route 230 in Londonderry Twp. toward repaving the road from the Dauphin County/Lancaster County line through Middletown. PennDOT crews are expected to start preliminary work toward repaving Main Street “any day,” according to the borough.

The first step will be for PennDOT to begin work on completing handicapped-accessible ramps at the intersections along Main Street.

While the Main Street project nears completion, it is just one of many public works endeavors in and around Middletown that are either underway or set to get rolling sometime this year or in 2016.

Click below an update on the other projects:

Middletown's downtown renovation project

Middletown Train Station

Pennsylvania Turnpike Bridge Over Vine Street

Route 230 Bridge Over Swatara Creek 

Water line replacement on Ann Street and Oak Hill



 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:43

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