Nighttime lane closures will be in effect on Route 202 between Matlack Street and Route 100 inWest Goshen Township, Chester County on Sunday through Thursday (April 22-26) from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for paving, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today.
Route 202 will be reduced to one lane in each direction while crews place the final layer of asphalt on this stretch of the highway. This operation is part of PennDOT’s $19.3 million project to improve this 4.3-mile section of Route 202. Construction is scheduled to finish in late May 2012. Route 202 motorists are advised to allow more time for travel or use an alternate route during construction because backups and delays will occur.
PennDOT is improving Route 202 by replacing deteriorated concrete pavement and resurfacing the four-lane expressway; reinforcing the roadway shoulders; patching and repairing eight bridges; painting steel beams on three bridges; removing and replacing five overhead sign structures; installing new highway signs; installing new guide rail and median barriers; and installing safety rumble strips and pavement reflectors.
Allan A. Myers, LP of Worcester, Montgomery County is the general contractor on the $19,377,081 project. The project is financed with 100 percent federal ARRA funds. PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on Route 202 and other major highways before heading out.
After almost a year, Pints for the Park returned to the Station Taproom on Tuesday night to raise funds for the Downingtown Skatepark. “The reason we’re (doing this again) is because it was really successful the first time,” said Wesley Terry, founder and chairman of Downingtown Skatepark Association. “We figured, why change the recipe, we’ll just cook the same thing twice.” While the local restaurant was open for dinner, the event offered patrons and community members the opportunity to also donate money and freely sample beer from Artisan Homebrew, a supporter of the skatepark project.
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Sean McGettigan, owner of the restaurant, said that he first decided to become involved with aiding the association because of the recreational benefit he believes it will offer local youths. Although McGettigan does not skateboard, he said he has friends that do. “We’re in our 30s now and we owe it to the kids that don’t have the resources to pull together something like this,” said McGettigan. According to Terry, completion of phase one of the park is within reach, and the association will be present at Borough Council’s work session Wednesday in the hopes of deciding on an intended construction site and determining cost and specifications for the smaller skatepark. Completion of phase one will offer local skateboarders a venue until the larger skatepark is built. Terry said he is already planning for future fundraising events and opportunities, such as a sponsorship plan where donors can dedicate an obstacle or fixture to the park. Anyone wishing to volunteer or contribute can visit www.DowningtownSkatepark.com for more information, such as how to make a charitable, tax-deductible donation using eBay. Check out the video from the recent fundraiser Pints for the Park here.
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The West Chester Downtown Foundation has launched a new historic preservation awards program and is seeking nominations from the community for projects that reflect outstanding historic preservation practices within the Borough of West Chester.
There are three award categories:
- Bricks and Mortar Preservation Award | Awarded to recognize construction projects of exceptional quality that have a positive impact on the preservation of West Chester’s historic fabric.
- Preservation Service Award | Awarded to individuals and organizations in recognition of projects that promote a better understanding of the history of West Chester and the need to preserve the physical evidence of that history.
- West Chester Preservationist Award | Awarded to an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding contributions to the better understanding of West Chester’s history and the preservation of the Borough’s historic fabric.
The awards are sponsored by the West Chester Downtown Foundation, the non-profit arm of the West Chester Business Improvement District. Nominations must be for projects and properties located in the Borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania. To nominate a person or project, simply fill out the 2011 Nomination Form
and return it to the WCDF by July 1, 2011. For more information