Gov. Tom Corbett was joined by other state and local dignitaries today to cut the ribbon at the nearly completed Route 19 Wexford Flats widening and reconstruction project.
The long-awaited $21 million project added a center lane for left turns along a 2.33-mile stretch of the road notorious for congestion and crashes. Traffic signals were replaced at eight intersections.
Mr. Corbett said the project underscores the need for a statewide long-range transportation plan to accommodate what he called “the largest energy boom in more than 150 years.”
He said he expects to offer a funding plan when the Legislature convenes early next year but did not provide details, saying “everything’s on the table.”
PennDOT District 11 executive Dan Cessna said the Route 19 work is about 90 percent complete, with sidewalk and driveway work and traffic light synchronization still remaining. A northbound lane closure remains in effect in parts of the work area.
The governor and House Republican leader Mike Turzai of Bradford Woods praised the collaboration of numerous state and local officials, business owners and school officials that was needed to accomplish the project.
The road was widened from 42 feet to 63 feet. About 28,000 vehicles per day travel there. The five-lane configuration opened to traffic on Nov. 6.