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O’Malley Makes Unprecedented Offer To Pennsylvannia Officials For Route 219 Studies

April 26th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

Indications are Pennsylvania officials are seriously considering what some have called an unprecedented offer from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to use his own state’s money to pay for planning studies to complete Route 219 between Meyersdale and Interstate 68 in Maryland. In a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, O’Malley proposes that the Maryland Department of Transportation complete the studies for the full-length of Route 219 between Interstate 68 and Meyersdale using money from Maryland’s Appalachian Development Highway System funds. The letter was sent in late March. Somerset County Commissioner John Vatavuk said the next step for this section of Route 219 is for Corbett to agree to fund it. He said the offer from Maryland to fund the planning and environmental review processes is unprecedented. State Senator George Edwards of Garrett County praised Governor O’Malley for his aggressive and unique approach to trying to advance a key transportation project for western Maryland…

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