Archive for July, 2015

Editorial | Push harder to complete Route 219

July 18, 2015

Editorial, Tribune-Democrat

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We are so close, but if Congress has its way, we’ll be so far away.

When the Somerset-to-Meyersdale project of Route 219 is completed, there will only be an eight-mile section of unfinished highway until it can link with Interstate 68 in Maryland.

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Locals: Transportation bill change critical to 219 funding

July 13, 2015

By Kecia Bal, The Tribune-Democrat

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Without a change to how federal highway dollars are spent, funding could be a long way off for the last stretch of Route 219 in Somerset County.

While the last federal transportation bill, Map-21 – set to expire July 31 – opened the way for funding for the section of the road currently under construction, it also altered how Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) funds are spent, allowing states to use that pot of money on any state road project instead of only on an ADHS-designated highway.

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