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PennDOT to commit infrastructure law dollars to fund next phase of project over five years

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that PennDOT will commit $53 million in federal funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to complete the pre-construction phase of US-219 in Somerset County. This funding will support final design, utility relocations and right-of-way acquisition. Once this phase is complete, PennDOT can begin construction of US-219. The project will create and sustain jobs in Somerset County and make it safer and easier for residents and visitors to travel through the region.

“US-219 is a critical link in Pennsylvania. It connects our rural communities, creates jobs and allows businesses to thrive,” said Senator Casey. “The people of Somerset County have fought for decades to complete the several-mile strip between Meyersdale and the Maryland border, and thanks to the infrastructure law, we are one step closer to making that a reality. Completing US-219 will be a boon for Somerset County and I will keep pushing for more dollars until the job is done.”

By committing $53 million of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) funds to US-219, PennDOT will be able to keep the project moving. Casey previously announced that Pennsylvania will receive $17 million in Fiscal Year 2022 alone for the Commonwealth’s ADHS roads. Pennsylvania can also compete for an additional $500 million reserved for ADHS projects.