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7th Street corridor reopens in Harrisburg

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson and other city and state officials cut a ribbon Tuesday to announce the reopening of the 7th Street corridor between Reily and Maclay streets.

The $6.5 million federally funded project began in spring 2011 and included the widening of the roadway to two lanes of traffic in each direction to make way for a new federal courthouse.

"Ultimately in 2014, we'll have even greater progress with hopefully something being dug in the ground," Thompson said.

The project also includes new curbing, bigger sidewalks and the addition of 85 new street lights, each with a historic flare. That work is currently underway and is expected to be completed by March.

With much of the talk surrounding Harrisburg's infrastructure on a recent sinkhole on N. 4th Street, Thompson pointed out that the water and sewer lines along 7th Street were replaced. She said crews discovered century-old pipes, similar to those which caused the sinkhole, during the construction.

"After doing a televised camera down there we know what our weaknesses were and we made sure we did that before we put anything back on top of a repaired street," she said.

Thompson said more than 17,000 drivers will use the corridor as part of their daily commute. She believes the project will be a road to success.

"It means a great deal to the city because it shows progress," she said. "There's a lot to do in and around this city and this is certainly another indication of a bright future."

Ed Zook traveled the new road shortly after it opened and was pleased with the finished product.

"I think it's going to be a big asset to help get traffic in and out of Harrisburg," he said.

Although 7th Street has been restored to two-way traffic, PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said drivers may still encounter single-lane traffic in one or both directions as construction crews complete the curb work.

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