Con­struc­tion con­tin­ues along East Gay Street

Traf­fic on East Gay Street be­gin­ning at North Mat­lack Street be­ing di­verted dur­ing gas line in­stal­la­tion

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bill Ret­tew bret­tew@dai­ly­lo­cal.com

East Gay Street con­struc­tion, which be­gan Mon­day to re­place PECO gas lines and repave road­way be­tween Mat­lack and High streets is “not as ter­ri­ble as some peo­ple thought it would be,” said Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Dis­trict Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mal­colm John­stone, Fri­day.

Con­struc­tion takes place be­tween 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. week­days only. John­stone said the con­trac­tor has fin­ished daily work in a “timely” fash­ion and has cleaned up so “you can’t even tell they have been there after 4 p.m.”

The street is fully open to traf­fic evenings and all week­end.

While cars will be de­toured dur­ing ac­tive con­struc­tion, pedes­tri­ans have full ac­cess to side­walks and busi­nesses. John­stone sug­gested that pa­trons call mer­chants prior to vis­it­ing to hear about park­ing op­tions.

Orig­i­nally, con­struc­tion was to be­gin on East Gay at High, but on Mon­day, John­stone, was in­formed that con­struc­tion would be­gin at Mat­lack Street and work to­ward High.

John­stone said that con­trac­tors dis­cov­ered un­der­ground pipes, which in a time-sav­ing

mea­sure sug­gested gas line re­place­ment from east to west rather than west to east.

Also, for the first week of the project, con­trary to plans, and this will change, only a sin­gle block from Mat­lack to Wal­nut was closed to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

John­stone vis­its the work site two or three times per day and BID staff will be meet­ing with East Gay busi­nesses through­out con­struc­tion to help en­sure that ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble is be­ing done to mit­i­gate dis­rup­tion.

De­pend­ing on weather, John­stone said that the project is sched­uled to end on time some­time in Au­gust.

Stay up to date with the East Gay Im­prove­ment Project page at www.down­town­westch­ester.com/view_pro­gram. php?id=570.

PETE BAN­NAN – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Traf­fic on East Gay Street be­gin­ning at North Mat­lack Street in West Ch­ester is be­ing di­verted dur­ing a gas line in­stal­la­tion, week­days be­tween the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

PETE BAN­NAN – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Traf­fic on East Gay Street be­gin­ning at North Mat­lack Street in West Ch­ester is be­ing di­verted dur­ing a gas line in­stal­la­tion, week­days be­tween the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Side­walks are open.

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