De­tours due to Gay Street con­struc­tion end

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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