Bernard Gordon, now 86 and retired in Florida, returned to Lancaster County and spoke at the Planning Commission meeting on Monday. The WWII Naval Aviator and founder of Gordon's Waste Company suggested a different way to realign Route 441 through Columbia.
"It will only cost a couple thousand dollars to try this," Gordon told the Commissioners. "If it doesn't work, then go ahead with your plan."
Gordon's plan is to use 2nd Street, allowing heavy truck traffic to avoid busy Columbia residential and business intersections.
Gordon suggested the only cost to taxpayers from his plan would be for road signs to redirect traffic.
Commissioners questioned how easy it would be to have Second Street designated a state route, but thought Gordon's suggestion had merit. The Commissioners promised to pass his suggestion onto traffic planners for further consideration.