Archive for June, 2012

Newly passed transportation bill to aid bridges, U.S. Route 219

June 30, 2012

The Bradford Era (June 30, 2012)

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., announced Friday that the U.S. Senate passed a transportation bill which aims to create jobs in Pennsylvania as well as improve the state’s aging infrastructure.

Termed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, the bill will direct nearly $3.2 billion to Pennsylvania over the next two years and maintain current levels of funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2012.

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Toll Credit Language to be repealed, will help Route 219

June 28, 2012

Daily American (June 28, 2012)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Mark S. Critz (D-12) and Bill Shuster (R- PA 9) announced today that a two-year transportation bill has been finalized by House and Senate conferees. The legislation unveiled today also repeals a 2005 transportation bill provision that restricted the use of toll credits as part of the non-federal funding for the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS).

This meant that dozens of highway construction projects throughout the Appalachian region – projects like the completion of US 219 from Somerset to I-68 – were stopped because of this language. Today’s bill not only repeals this language but also allows the federal share of funding on ADHS projects to be 100 percent.

Yesterday, Critz introduced a measure to force action on the legislation, to ensure that a new law would be completed before the current law expires June 30, 2012.

“As I have said for months, this issue is about creating jobs and about strengthening the American economy,” said Congressman Critz.

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Meyersdale man remembers when Route 219 was stopped short the first time

June 22, 2012

Daily American (June 22, 2012)

Rally for Route 219!

Forty years ago Dean Hillegas was frustrated when a road project that he supported lost funding.

Hillegas, a member of the original Route 219 committee, said the funds that were supposed to build the road in the 1970s went instead to a project in Tioga County.

“A group of farmers stepped in and stopped the project,” he said.

The project remains stalled as Congress continues to hash out a transportation bill that includes language to allow toll credits to be used as matching funds for Appalachian highway projects such as Route 219.

“That was a heartbreak that we lost the money,” he said.

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