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Wormleysburg riverfront revitalization begins tonight

The reconstruction of Wormleysburg’s Edgewater District along
the Susquehanna River will begin tonight with a groundbreaking ceremony for a public plaza at the entrance to
the Walnut Street Bridge.

The reconstruction of Wormleysburg‘s Edgewater District along
the Susquehanna River will begin tonight with a groundbreaking ceremony for a public plaza at the entrance to
the Walnut Street Bridge.

The $212,000 project is the first in a series of
improvements to Wormleysburg’s riverside properties on Front Street, according to the
Cumberland/Perry Housing and Community Partnership, the umbrella organization
for Cumberland County’s redevelopment authority.

The ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The bridge plaza will include benches, planters, fencing,
trees and decorative brick paving. It’s designed to be easily changed if Walnut Street
Bridge is ever reopened,
according to the partnership. The West
Shore half of the bridge was closed in
1996 after flooding and ice destroyed two of its spans between City
Island and Wormleysburg.

Dillsburg, York County-based Lobar Associates Inc. is the
general contractor for the plaza, which is expected to be completed in 90 days.

The project is being funded through grants from the state
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
, state Department of Community and
Economic Development
and community development block grants from the
redevelopment authority.

Wormleysburg is planning other projects, including a river
walk. The borough will open bids Sept. 30 for the first phase, from Duke’s
Riverside Bar & Grille
to the Pine
Street boat ramp. Wormleysburg also is preparing
for a streetscape revitalization project coordinated with Camp Hill and Lemoyne.

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