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2016 Official Road Map

Since my driver’s license was up for renewal, I was at the DMV and figured I would see if there were any new state road maps out on display.  As usual, they did not disappoint, and I snagged a copy of the 2016 official road map.

Unlike last year, there are no changes of note between this version and the 2015 version.  Just as in 2014, one blatantly obvious omission still is in Somerset County. The major project that has already begun there is construction of the “missing link” of US 219 expressway between Meyersdale and Somerset. Construction began on this link on February 15, 2013; however, it is missing on this year’s map again. It was missing on the 2014 and 2015 editions as well. It is odd because this is a project which has been championed for years by local officials. One politician in particular who pushed for the road was the late US Representative John Murtha. I would venture a guess that it will be shown as under construction at some point on a future edition.

Construction of US 219 between Meyersdale and Somerset is still missing on the 2016 official road map

It has the same dimensions as the previous year’s. However, the cover of the 2016 official road map features a picture of a picture of Liberty Street in Franklin.

Cover of the 2016 Department of Transportation map
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Up Periscope!

We all know the function of periscopes on submarines.  They are the instrument that sailors use to check out what is going on on the surface.  Just as that periscope helps see a wider view, there is now an app that can do the same thing.

Periscope was developed by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein in 2014 and acquired by Twitter a year later.  The purpose of the app is to stream in real-time anything using a smartphone.  Hopefully I will be able to use it to live stream events such as ribbon-cutting ceremonies, project open houses, and other events related to the highway system.  As they say in the television business, “stay tuned.”