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Water street project for Vine Street set to begin

Posted 11/4/14

 

A project to extend public water lines to the Vine Street commercial corridor in Londonderry Twp. could get underway by Monday, Nov. 10.

Pennsylvania American Water Company will bring a new 16-inch ductile iron pipeline along Swatara …

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Water street project for Vine Street set to begin

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A project to extend public water lines to the Vine Street commercial corridor in Londonderry Twp. could get underway by Monday, Nov. 10.

Pennsylvania American Water Company will bring a new 16-inch ductile iron pipeline along Swatara Creek Road under the Route 283 overpass to just south of the Derry Twp. Municipal Authority sewer plant, said Pennsylvania American spokesman Terry Maenza.

From there, the line will travel through easements under private property to connect to a hydrant that will be installed on the east side of Vine Street.

Residents don’t have to hook up to the water line, as the purpose of the extension is to support commercial development of the Vine Street corridor, said Steve Letavic, Londonderry Twp.’s manager. Any residents who wish to get public water through the new line should contact Pennsylvania American.

The work will be done for Pennsylvania American by EK Services of New Cumberland. The line should be done and in service by early 2015, weather permitting, Maenza said.

Road closures along Swatara Creek Road are likely during the project. Signs will be posted with possible detours, Maenza said.

The project is a “public-private partnership” between Londonderry and Pennsylvania American, Letavic said. The project will cost $640,000, including $385,000 from the township. The township portion will be paid from a gaming grant – money from slot machine revenue – received through Dauphin County.

The line will serve the Love’s Truck Stop plaza being built on Vine next to Schoolhouse Road, which will also have a McDonald’s and a Subway.

Rutter’s sunk a well for water for its convenience store that opened at the Route 283 interchange in August. Rutter’s can tap into the new water line if it wants, Letavic said.

Besides helping pave the way for commercial development, the project includes installing four fire hydrants to improve fire protection, Maenza said.

Dan Miller: 717-944-4628, or danmiller@pressandjournal.com