Detours due to Gay Street construction end
The Business Improvement District announced Friday that the Gay Street detours were over.
WEST CHESTER » Merchants, restaurant owners, patrons, shoppers and motorists heaved a huge sigh of relief after Malcolm Johnstone of the Business Improvement District announced Friday that the nearly summer long Gay Street detours were over.
Gay Street was closed most days from Matlack to High Street during business hours to accommodate PECO gas main line construction.
“The PECO construction project for replacement of gas lines on East Gay Street has been substantially completed,” Johnstone said. “East Gay will now remain open as usual.
“There is still one more construction phase: repaving East Gay Street. That cannot take place until certain conditions are in place. Otherwise, road closures will occur only in an emergency.”
“PECO thanks the business community for their patience shown during this difficult period,” said Scott Neumann, PECO Energy. “Despite the weather, the project went as smooth as can be expected. Kudos to Shawn Moore and the crew working the project.”
Mayor Dianne Herrin said Saturday that she was happy that the project was substantially complete and Gay Street was open.
“I’m particularly impressed with the way our downtown business community handled this disruption,” Herrin said. “Our business owners and the BID rallied together to ensure that visitors and residents all knew we remained open for business, and they took great care to make our town center even more inviting during the construction by hanging white lights and artwork, among other things.
“This is yet another demonstration of how West Chester comes together to keep our community strong.”