"About two weeks ago, we talked to the Department of Transportation and they indicated that they're ready to begin design on the entire interchange,” said Greg Cook, Chairman of the Guildford Township Board of Supervisors.
PennDOT says construction for the exit, which would be placed between the
Originally, PennDOT said they only had enough money to build an exit on the southbound side, but a new state tax on wholesale gasoline will likely bring in enough funding to build one on the northbound side as well.
It is news officials in surrounding areas are embracing.
"The regional planner, the township, PennDOT, everybody seems to be moving to a consensus here of what we want to do,” said PennDOT Spokesperson Mike Crochunis. “So by October, there's a good chance we'll see something there for preliminary engineering."
The potential new exit would improve traffic flow, one of the main reasons why building the exit is justified, according to a 2010 PennDOT feasibility study.
"Well, we will take a tremendous amount of tractor trailer traffic off of Kriner road, which is a township road, and also State Route 11,
The project still needs to clear a few hurdles though. An official 12 year plan still needs to be approved by PennDOT. However, many residents say they already approve.
"Well, I think this exit will be a great idea because it will keep the traffic moving and the roads safer,” said
"Well, my mom lives over where the exit is going to be put,” said local resident Danielle Higgins. “It would help her because of the traffic and the trucks getting on and off and back in there where the warehouses are. And it would help her also because she wouldn't have to go all the way back into town just to get on the Interstate."
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