Ground Breaking For Route 219 Project Moves One Step Forward

Posted on December 14th, 2010

A big spark of hope for those trying to get Route 219 extended from Somerset to the Maryland border. The price tag is 35 million dollars. But it could lead to an economic boom. During a meeting in Somerset County, officials with the “Continental One Project” believe they are close to breaking ground.If the funding is approved. Asphalt could be poured in the next couple years.

From the Somerset Tribune- Democrat: 12/14/10 ”…Officials from PennDOT also briefed the audience about the status of Route 219. The final design work is 80 percent complete and 70 percent of the right of way has been acquired to widen the highway to four lanes between Somerset and Meyersdale, said Vince Greenland, PennDOT assistant district executive. The total tab for the 11 miles of work is $300 million. But the project remains $35 million short. Nonetheless, District 9 Executive Tom Prestash said PennDOT continues full speed ahead with preliminary work. After all the money is in hand, it will take 15 months to let the earth-moving bids, expected to come in at some $160 million, Prestash said.

Prestash is hopeful that Congress again will allow so-called toll credits