More great regional support for C-1

Posted on May 24th, 2012

Elk County Planning Department Sees Economic Potential

May 18, 2012
The Honorable Joseph B. Scarnati, III
Senate 8ox203025
187 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Dear Senator Scarnati,

Recent news reports highlighting the pursuit of the Continental 1 Corridor and its proximity to sections of US 2I9 in Pennsylvania has prompted the need for serious consideration by our state legislators on the vast economic potential this opportunity has created.

As you are aware, the goal of the project is to integrate sections of US 219 into the Continental 1 or to create a new foul lane limited access highway that would be located within close proximity to the corridor,

This may seem daunting under the current fiscal restraint and limited resources the state is facing. However, we would be remiss to let the opportunities that linkage to this corridor may create, slip by. It is necessary to take bold action to break the long cycle of population attrition and geographic isolation that has plagued rural portions of Pennsylvania and accept the challenge to build a smarter, safer, and more modern highway system.

I would like to request that you offer your support to this worthwhile project and urge Governor Corbett to release the $6 million dollar state match that would leverage the federal funding necessary to begin work on the eleven mile stretch of Route 21 9 between Somerset and Meyersdale. Once this section is complete, the linkage would move north between Bradford and Interstate 80.

Pennsylvania is not alone in this endeavor, Eight other states as well as southern Ontario have committed to this vision, It is now more important than ever for Pennsylvania to step up and accept the challenge as well.

Senator Scarnati
Thank you for your consideration in this matter. If you would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Mathew G Quesenberry

Mathew G. Quesenberry, Director
Elk County Planning Department

cc: Honorable Matt Gabler, D-75, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Secretary Barry J, Schoch, P.E., Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Elk County Board of Commissioners
Amy Kessler, Regional Transportation Director, North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission

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