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3rd and Long: Yearlong 3rd Street improvement project set to start.

Patched, worn and pot-holed 3rd Street in Harrisburg is ready for its makeover.

People of Harrisburg—the day is almost here.

The long-promised repaving of 3rd Street is set to begin, as the city has scheduled a groundbreaking on Thursday at N. 3rd and Sayford streets to mark the start of the project.

The project will include substantial work, including milling and paving, on the following sections of the street:

  • Chestnut Street to State Street
  • Forster Street to Muench Street
  • Maclay Street to Seneca Street

Most of the initial work will not involve actual paving, but associated improvements, such as ADA-compliant curb ramps, traffic signal upgrades and new street trees and pits.

Street repaving will hold off until next spring as asphalt cannot be laid down in cold weather. The city expects the project to run through October 2018.

Initially, the repaving was supposed to have taken place this year, but was delayed because the city needed to coordinate with Capital Region Water (CRW), which is using the opportunity to install new drainage pipes.

Harrisburg has contracted with Elizabethtown-based Doug Lamb Construction Inc. for the $5.5 million project, a cost split between the city and CRW. The city is paying an estimated $3.5 million, with CRW footing the remaining $2 million.

The project is funded by a $6 million grant from Impact Harrisburg, a nonprofit set up as part of the city’s financial recovery plan.

The city says that parking on the street may be affected. It will post “no parking” signs 24 hours before work is set to begin on a section of street.

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