TROY - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) said the traffic to be generated by the future Dunkin' Donuts in Troy is somewhat less than cited by an opponent of the development.

The Daily Review had asked PennDOT for comment about a claim that it would generate 1,500 vehicles per day.

In a letter to the editor, Rob Storch, CEO of Tygart Beverage Co., Inc., wrote that he was concerned about the placement of Dunkin' Donuts on Elmira Street (Routes 6 and 14), "by the bridge, in a curve, at the intersection with Porter Road." The site is across the road from his business.

Storch made a plea in his letter to the editor for officials to "wake up and smell the coffee" and "show some common sense and please don't add 1,500 cars per day, in and out, of this funky intersection."

He stated, "one thousand five hundred cars per Dunkin's plans, is 100 times the in and out traffic that occurred daily in this property's previous use as a Dodge/Chrysler Dealer's car lot."

But Rick Mason, public information officer for PennDOT District 3-0, said it would be less than that.

"Based on the information provided to us by the developer in the HOP (Highway Occupancy Permit) application, this development is projected to serve approximately 820 vehicles per day," he stated in an email.

He added, "that traffic volume falls within the range of a medium-volume driveway (for permitting purposes). Medium-volume driveways are those handling between 750 and 1,500 vehicles per day."

The Daily Review had asked Mason for comment last week, and he said a response would be available on Monday. In an email, he then provided PennDOT's answers to the newspapers questions that day.

According to Mason, the Troy Dunkin' Donuts HOP was reviewed by PennDOT's permit unit and traffic unit.

"Based on the information provided by the developer in the HOP application, the development met the requirements to be granted approval," he said.

When asked if he had any comment on Storch's concerns, Mason said, "we have nothing to add."

Dunkin' Donuts has not provided a starting date for construction for the Troy development. Recently, Troy Borough Council gave the project the green light for construction, after it had been reviewed for some time by the borough planning commission.

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