And picked up at least one more critic.
“We’re really concerned about this,” said Dennis Groff, a Paradise Township supervisor and the township roadmaster.
“I’m a believer in ‘if you build it, they will come,’ ” Groff told PennDOT representatives Monday.
Speaking at the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee meeting, representatives of the state Transportation Department’s District 8 reported the cost of the Gap project had increased from $8.1 million to $10.3 million.
Additional drainage pipes, an increased amount of paving, a slightly larger paving area, coordination with the State Police and higher construction management costs were all cited for the increased cost.
The project is intended to relieve congestion at the U.S. 30 and Route 41 intersection.
Plans unveiled in early 2012 call for northbound travelers on Route 41 to continue onto a new two-lane roadway that would curve north of Gap and to the west before crossing Newport Road and connecting with Route 30.
Westbound travelers on U.S. 30 would also be directed onto the new road. Existing U.S. 30, from near Newport Road to Route 41 would become a one-way eastbound road.
The project is in Salisbury Township, but Groff said he believes the results will stretch into adjoining Paradise Township.
Eastbound U.S. 30 traffic now backs-up to Brackbill Road, where Urban Outfitters is constructing a new fulfillment center.
With increased traffic brought to Gap and a new stop light at Brackbill Road, Groff said traffic back-ups could soon reach Kinzers.
“Don’t get me wrong, Gap has problems. We all know that,” Groff told the PennDOT staff and other officials in the multi-agency transportation planning meeting.
However, Groff contended PennDOT should have looked beyond the Village of Gap.
Motorists and horse and buggy drivers in Paradise and Kinzers already have trouble pulling onto or across U.S. 30, he said. He expects the situation to worsen.