FUTURE

Interstate 67

US 219

THIS INTERSTATE IS NOT YET MARKED, BUT IS PROPOSED AS A FUTURE ROUTE.

Like other Interstates built in the 1960s, this one opened in the early years of the Interstates of the time.  However, unlike those others, this one did not receive its designation until 20xx.  In 1963, construction began on a PA 56 bypass which became the Johnstown Expressway, this is the section from PA 56 East exit to the PA 56 West exit.  In the following year, construction was extended to the PA 869 exit.  In 1966, these sections opened and construction began on the section from PA 869 to US 22.  In 1968, the latter section opened and construction began on the section from PA 56 East exit south to north of Somerset.  In 1969, the section from US 30 to the PA 601 Jerome exit opened and construction began on the Bradford bypass.

The 1970s began with the opening of the remaining sections, and so travelers could drive from Ebensburg to north of Somerset without having to climb hills or get stuck behind slow moving trucks.  The remaining section to be built got underway, and construction of the Somerset bypass commenced.  In 1971, the first section of the Bradford bypass opened from US 219 to Elm Street and construction continued to Mill Street.  In 1973, the latter section opened to Mill Street and the Somerset bypass opened.  In 1975, construction on the Bradford bypass was extended to the New York state line.

The 1980s came with the Bradford bypass opening completely and the construction of the Ebensburg bypass beginning. That section took along time because of right of way acquisition problems, but finally opened in 1990.  In January 1997, environmental studies began on the Meyersdale Bypass and entered the construction phase which ended with the opening in January 1999.  In 20xx, the US 219 corridor received the I-67 designation.

On April 25, 2001, it was announced that PennDOT will be studying upgrading US 219 between the Meyersdale Bypass and the end of the US 219 expressway in Somerset.  Even though engineering studies were conducted back in the 1970s on this section, environmental requirements and highway design standards have changed since that time and require revisions.  Ron Samuel of PennDOT District 9 said a minimum of five alternatives will be analyzed for the project:  a relocation of US 219 to the eastern portion of the study area west of Berlin, relocation to the west in the vicinity of the Garrett Shortcut, transportation system management which would include improvements such as intersection realignments, traffic signals, truck climbing lanes, reduction of curves, a no-build alternative, and one additional alternative not yet defined.

Funds were secured in the 2000 Fiscal Year for studying the corridor for improvements.  Pennsylvania along with New York received $400,000 to conduct economic impact and traffic analysis studies from Interstate 80 near DuBois to Buffalo.  The Commonwealth also received $500,000 to assist in plans to connect the Turnpike to US 219, to provide a link to Interstate 68 in Maryland.

Construction for the extension of the Bradford Bypass from near the Kwik-Fill on US 219 to Owens Way began on June 24, 2002.  The new segment of expressway opened to traffic on October 10, 2003 and cost $7,537,000.  The work included a new bridge over Owens Way, and the usual drainage, landscaping, signing, guiderail installation, utility relocation, and wetland mitigation.

Trouble loomed for the plan to upgrade US 219 to an expressway north of Ebensburg.  In 2004, PennDOT released its revised 12-Year Transportation Program and this section was deferred at that time.  As a "consolation prize," PennDOT requested an Alternate US 219 for SR 4013 in Cambria County and PA 36 between Carrolltown and Mahaffey to be signed in 2015 from AASHTO.

Construction began on Phase I of the Johnsonburg Bypass in April 2006 and concluded in November 2007.  This section involved building a 694-foot-long bridge over the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad line, sound walls, and approaches to the bridge.  Construction on Phase II, which completed the highway by crossing the western branch of the Clarion River and connecting back to the original alignment, began on March 24, 2008.  Work consisted of the building of two bridges, four retaining walls, a rail crossing, roadway, guiderail, lighting, signs, traffic signal installations, and pavement markings.  The $32 million project was completed on September 21, 2010 when the US 219 designation was removed from Center Street through town and the new alignment was officially designated the Sam Guaglianone Bypass.

On August 9, 2007, Transportation Secretary Allen Biehler along with other state and local officials dedicated US 219 between Maryland and Cambria County as the "Flight 93 Memorial Highway."  "The heroism of the victims of Flight 93 is something we want to always remember," Secretary Biehler said.  "Everyone who travels this route will never forget the bravery and unselfishness of those on the flight."  Joining him was state Senator Richard Kasunic who sponsored the legislation to change the name, and Kenny Nacke whose brother was aboard on United 93.  Also in attendance were the National Park Service as well as members of the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department who were the first to respond to an initial report of a plane crash near Indian Lake.

After years of talk but no action, state officials had basically written-off upgrading US 219 to an expressway through southern Somerset County.  Even PennDOT had removed this section from its 12-Year Plan.  That was until Fourth of July 2008 when the 2008-2009 state budget was signed into law by Governor Edward Rendell, which allocated $35 million for construction.  It will be enough to match the $46 million coming from the Federal government.  Late on July 3, a Senate committee approved the money which followed a week of intense behind-the scenes lobbying.  Pressure for inclusion was a bi-partisan effort with the governor, state senators and representatives, Somerset County commissioners, and even US Representatives John Murtha and Bill Shuster involved.  The cost of completing the expressway between the Maryland state line and Somerset is $600 million.

Links:
US 219
Continental 1
ISTEA/NHS/TEA-21 High Priority Corridor 21 - Andy Field/Alex Nitzman
US 219 Bradford Bypass - Doug Kerr


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Meyersdale

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Univ of Pittsburgh
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University Park
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War Memorial Arena
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New Germany

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Univ of Pittsburgh
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Information INFORMATION
Southern Entrance: Maryland state line south of Salisbury
Northern Entrance: New York state line north of Bradford
Lengths: 50.50 miles (Somerset and Cambria Counties)
5.86 miles (McKean County)
National Highway System: Entire length
Names: Meyersdale Bypass:  Business US 219 to Business US 219
North Star Way:  Somerset to US 22
Jack P. Murtha Highway:  US 22 to Ebensburg
Bradford Bypass:  Owens Way to the New York state line
SR Designation: 0067
Counties: Somerset, Cambria, Clearfield, Elk, and McKean
Multiplexed Routes: US 219:  Entire length
PA 346:  mile marker 194 to mile marker 198
Former Designations: None
Emergency: 911

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Page updated June 16, 2011.
Content and graphics, unless otherwise noted, copyright Jeffrey J. Kitsko. All rights reserved.
Information sign courtesy of Richard C. Moeur.
Information courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Rand McNally, personal observations, Len Pundt, and Continental 1.