Wet weather delays construction at Lancaster Central Market

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Construction workers had nothing but sun Friday while working on a $2.5 million streetscape project at Lancaster’s historical Central Market.

Matt Metzler, deputy director of Public Works, said the nice weather hasn’t been around all summer.

“We’ve had a really rainy six to eight weeks here where we’ve been in bad weather patterns,” he told ABC 27 News. “We’ve lost about two weeks.”

Metzler said the first phase of the project connecting Prince Street to the market is finished. The next phase which includes paving Market Street has been delayed because of the wet summer.

“There’s a lot of concrete work, there’s a lot of road work, paving,” Metzler said. “This project is very heavy on those kind of items and a rainy summer or a very cold winter really impacts the schedule.”

The ultimate goal is to beautify the area around the market. Eventually, crews will add in ground lighting and new signage.

Jessica Mailhot, the market’s manager, said she hasn’t noticed an impact on the number of market visitors. She’s looking forward to the end result.

“It’s going to be a dramatic improvement from what we were living with before all this started,” she said. “There’s going to be beautiful brick pavers all around. There are a couple different color stones that are going to accentuate the entry ways into market.”

Officials hope to have the paving part of the project finished by Labor Day.

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