Studies have reported that Continental 1 could result in the reduction of more than 50 accidents per year. Hundreds of people have been seriously injured or killed on Route 219 over the years and upgrading the highway could significantly improve safety conditions.
Continental 1 has commissioned Washington-based TRIP, National Transportation Research Group, to conduct safety analysis of continental 1. The report, which was completed in early 2009, highlights the benefits of the completed Continental 1 on communities along the corridor. Its geometric design and safety features will be based on the engineering model of a 4-lane limited access controlled freeway. It has been estimated that freeway design is 50% safer than other roads. The Continental 1 trade corridor will be a high volume alternative freeway for vehicular traffic along segments in New York, specifically Erie and Cattaraugus counties and counties in Pennsylvania including Cambria, Clearfield, Elk, Indiana, Jefferson, McKean, and Somerset.
A primary goal of Continental 1 trade corridor is to improve safety by detouring heavy long-distance traffic onto the corridor, away from the central business districts; reduce fuel and energy consumption; decrease environmental noise and air pollutant emissions; positively impact motorists through decreased travel times; and positively impact neighborhoods by reducing the amount of traffic on local surface streets. It is anticipated that additional benefits will be realized in the future related to a decreased in motor vehicle crashes and fatality rates as a result of improved design, increased law enforcement presence, increased access of emergency medical response and educational initiatives.