Archive for July, 2012

Casey Calls on Army Corps to Expedite Route 219 Permits So Project Can Move Forward

July 31, 2012

Robert P. Casey, Jr. (July 31, 2012)

Permits Pending to Begin Work — Senator Urges Expedited Approval

Route 219 Project Will Create Jobs, Make Major Infrastructure Improvements in Western Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) called on the U.S. Army Corps to expedite permits for the Route 219 project. Work on 219 received the green light after Congress passed a transportation bill, but the final permits are still under review.

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Casey urges speed for Route 219 permits

July 31, 2012

Daily American (July 31, 2012)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) called on the U.S. Army Corps to expedite permits for the Route 219 project. Work on 219 received the green light after Congress passed a transportation bill, but the final permits are still under review.

In his letter, Senator Casey called on the Army Corps to quickly approve the project’s permits. The Route 219 project possesses the potential for major job creation and will mean significant infrastructure upgrades for Western Pennsylvania.

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Casey asks engineers to speed up highway permits

July 31, 2012

Tribune-Democrat (July 31, 2012)

SOMERSET — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey would like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fast-track its permit-issuing process so work can begin soon on expansion of Route 219 between Somerset and Meyersdale.

He made the request to the corps’ Pittsburgh District engineer, Col. William Graham, in a letter released Tuesday.

The corps is evaluating the request made by PennDOT to expand what is now a winding two-lane road into a four-lane highway. The evaluation process could take until the end of this year or early next year.

Casey offered to help expedite it by getting the permits finalized before then.

“It took a long time and a lot of hard work to get the Route 219 project to this point, and it’s time that the final approvals are in place so it can move forward,” Casey said. “The Route 219 project will create jobs and make major improvements to western Pennsylvania’s infrastructure, so I’m encouraging the Army corps to expedite the review of these permits so work can begin.”

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