After 16 years of planning and construction, a new section of Route 219 in Somerset County has opened for the public to use.
The 11-mile stretch is four lanes, providing a safer and more efficient route for drivers between Somerset and Meyersdale. The route will also be connected to Route 68 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the future allowing economic growth to the Somerset and Meyersdale communities.
“Particularly with this project, we will be able to generate jobs and create new jobs, as well as the economy and business,” said Leslie Richards, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation.
Congressman Bill Shuster spoke at the ceremony this morning, reflecting on the completion of the project as a win for the commonwealth. “This is really a sweet moment for me, again 16 years ago, when I started to represent Somerset County, I gave my word I was going to work hard to get this done,” Shuster added, “Today I’ve kept my word, we’ve got this piece of it done, so it’s a very sweet day for me.”
The project cost $330 million to complete and was fully funded by federal money and grants.