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Supporters Believe Completion Of U.S. Route 219 To Be Best Use of PA Funds

May 15th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

Supporters of the long discussed North- South Appalachian Highway Corridor believe that completing the southern link of U.S. Route 219 is the best use of available Pennsylvania funds. Dave Moe, coordinator of the North/South Appalachian Highway Corridor, based in Cumberland, says Pennsylvania has more than $500 million in its ADHS fund. Of that total, $305 million is promised for completion of the 12-mile stretch of U.S. 219 from Somerset to Meyersdale. The remaining $200-plus million likely would pay for much of the estimated $250 million in design and construction costs of the final leg of U.S. 219 in Pennsylvania, a 3- to 4-mile stretch from Meyersdale to the Maryland line and Interstate 68. It matters so much, that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in late March offered Governor Tom Corbett Maryland transportation money to pay for a feasibility study on Pennsylvania’s end of 219. Maryland is ready to proceed on the final three or four miles from I-68 to the Pennsylvania line, but needs to know where U.S. 219 will be coming out at the border according to State Senator George Edwards of Garrett County…

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