The rallies, lobbying and support from the community have paid off.
Somerset County will have a new section of Route 219 between Somerset and Meyersdale.
Somerset County has been approved.
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster and Gov. Tom Corbett made the announcement Wednesday saying construction of the approximate 11-mile project is set to begin late this summer.
Rural areas like Somerset County need highways like Route 219 to attract new businesses and to make transportation more convenient and safer for everyone involved.
Local politicians with support from the residents in the region have been fighting for this four-lane highway for several decades.
The estimated $300 million price tag should stimulate the local economy during the construction. It will take about five years to build 11 miles of roadway with 10 bridges.
When construction is complete there will be a direct four-lane limited access connection from Meyersdale to Route 22 in Ebensburg.
While it is time to celebrate the good fortune of this new section of highway, the project is not done. The overall goal is have Route 219 connect to Route 68 in Meyersdale.
Fortunately the governors from both Maryland and Pennsylvania have embraced the project and are working on funding solutions. It will be a great day for this region when the entire highway is completed.