Continental 1 Encouraged by Meyersdale-to-Somerset Route 219 Bids

Posted on October 30th, 2014

Continental 1 (October 30, 2014)

Calls lower-than-expected bids “a pleasant surprise”

BUFFALO, NY (Oct. 29) – Continental 1, the organization advocating for the completion of a direct 1,500-mile trade corridor from Toronto to Miami utilizing Route 219 in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland, expressed enthusiasm over reports that the low bid for the highly-anticipated Phase 2 of the Route 219 expansion project between Meyersdale and Somerset came in $15 million less than anticipated.

“The Continental 1 organization celebrates every new development that gives momentum to the completion of Route 219,” said Meg Lauerman, Continental 1 executive director. “Obviously, a bid that comes in lower than anticipated from a developer already with a good understanding of the project is very encouraging news. We’re looking forward to the next phase of this critical piece of Continental 1 to commence.”

Joseph B. Fay Co., based in suburban Pittsburgh, submitted a bit for just under $67.5 million for Phase 2 of the 12-mile stretch that will extend the Route 219 4-lane limited access highway to just within a few miles of the Pennsylvania/Maryland line. Original engineers’ estimates for the project anticipated the next phase of the project to fall in the $90 million range, part of a $300 million overall project cost. Fay Co. is the general contractor for Phase 1 of the project, comprised of earth moving preparation for road construction.

“With infrastructure costs continuing to rise, it’s not every day that road construction bids come in lower than expected,” said Henry Cook, president of Somerset Trust Company and incoming board president for Continental 1. “This is fantastic news, and we’re pleased with the opportunity to continue to work with a contractor who is well-familiar with Route 219, and has already brought great value to the project. The Continental 1 organization looks forward to the awarding of the contract, and stands ready to participate in any way necessary to move completion of the Route 219 corridor forward.”

It is anticipated the award process for Phase 2, which includes construction of 11 bridges along Route 219, will last approximately one month.

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 business growth, strategic linkage of communities and faster, safer travel. Continental 1 members represent New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Contact Meg Lauerman
(716) 697-0950