CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - More than a decade after the money was allocated, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has come up with a new alternative for a proposed Exit 7 it hopes will address objections raised by some local government officials and residents.
Alternative D Modified, as PennDOT calls the design, would remove the Walker Road overpass, moving it south 1,300 feet, where a new bridge and diamond interchange would be built. The cost of construction would be $7.8 million, Project Manager Bill Greene said Thursday.
"There are other design and environmental costs involved ... It's probably approaching $2 million," Greene said.
Greene Township Supervisor Paul Ambrose said his municipality has spent another $625,000 in legal fees fighting the interchange.
Transportation officials were at Faust Junior High School Thursday for an informational meeting on the new design. About 60 people attended.
Department spokesman Greg Penny said the design addresses objections raised two years ago that an earlier plan infringed on historical rural areas.