Statement by Continental 1 Executive Director Meg Lauerman on Passage of Highway Bill

Posted on December 4th, 2015

“Today’s passage of the 5-year, $305 billion by the House and Senate is tremendous news for the initiative to complete Route 219 in New York and Pennsylvania.

For years, a roadblock to moving forward on critical portions of Route 219 was the lack of a long-term federal funding mechanism for capital projects. Now, we have it. We offer special thanks to Congressmen Bill Shuster and Tom Reed, who worked to ensure that the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program was a key part of the discussion and final bill, and look forward to learning more about how the Continental 1 corridor can compete for those dollars.”

More information on the initiative to complete Route 219 can be found at


Continental 1 is the not-for-profit organization charged with advocacy and oversight for the completion of a 1,500-mile trade corridor extending from Toronto to Miami in support of jobs, business growth, strategic linkage of communities and faster, safer travel. Continental 1 members represent New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.