Johnson Controls is eyeing a property in Hopewell Township for the relocation of its test labs for commercial air-conditioners.
But what’s good news for job seekers might mean bad news for commuters. The Shrewsbury interchange off Exit 4 of Interstate 83 is already known for backups and traffic congestion, and some fear that a new employer and the addition of 400 employees could turn the drive into a nearly unmanageable hassle.
One employee at Tom’s Gas Station, which is just off the exit at 648 E Forrest Ave, said that traffic typically backs up between 2 and 5 p.m. during the evening commute. It has taken her as long as five minutes to pull out of the gas station in the evening, she said.
A $2.8 million improvement is in the works for the interchange, but $2.8 million is a relatively conservative budget for road construction, and officials said they don’t know how the proposed plant might effect the intersection, Teresa Boeckel reported.
According to some Daily Record readers who weighed in on the newspaper’s Facebook page, the intersection already needs more attention than what the PennDOT has planned.
“The roads need resurfacing bad. It is hard to stop as bumpy as it is when you come off 83. The light is short and it backs up close 83 sometimes which could be dangerous if there are more cars causing it to stop on the highway,” Tammy Morton Nation commented. “Fix the intersection first.”
“i work in the area and there is alot of traffic of 851! it’s hard enough to go out to eat on a half hour break around the walmart area there, let alone have to wait in more traffic to get to work in the morning. i will not like it!” Dawn Foote Dieter wrote.
Still, the Shrewsbury exit does not rank among the county’s most congested roads, which include Church Road and North Hills Road. And an employee at the Shrewsbury Walmart said that traffic is rarely an issue unless there’s an crash and drivers are detoured.
Regardless of what new traffic snarls a Johnson Controls plant may cause, many readers commented that drivers can cope with backups if the plant brings more jobs.
“More employment opportunities for the area out weighs traffic,” Justin Findley wrote.
What’s your take? Does Rt. 851 and the Shrewsbury exit rank among York County’s worst roads? Do potential job gains outweigh traffic hassels?