Casey urges speed for Route 219 permits

Posted on July 31st, 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.

“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,” Senator 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.”

Senator Casey fought to get the Route 219 project to this point. In the Congressional transportation bill, a Casey provision provided states with more flexibility as they use their transportation resources. Senator Casey’s provision allowed toll credits to fund Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) projects. The measure also allows the federal cost share on ADHS projects to increase from 80% to 100%. With the project nearly ready to start, Senator Casey is pushing the Army Corps to expedite the project’s permits.