Timbering to begin to realign W. Pa.’s Route 219

Posted on February 15th, 2013

York Daily Record (February 15, 2013)

SOMERSET, PA — Two contractors were set to begin cutting trees so the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation can realign a stretch of Route 219 in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat (http://bit.ly/12K6iCo) reports Friday that Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster announced the work would begin immediately.

The contractors must cut down 250 acres of trees as part of a $300 million plan to realign the four-lane highway between Somerset and Meyersdale, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

The work had to begin soon because the trees must be felled by the end of March. That’s because the endangered Indiana bat species will come out of hibernation and begin nesting in the trees at that time.

Federal regulators don’t permit the bat’s habitat to be disturbed while they are nesting.