Ground broken on Route 219 stretch in SW Pa.

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Ground has been broken on a new four-lane stretch of Route 219 in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The $300 million project will realign an 11-mile stretch of four-lane highway between Somerset and Meyersdale, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Funding and plans for the project have been discussed since 1963, according to Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, who attended Tuesday’s ceremony.

The project is part of the 13-state Appalachian Highway System that is about 90 percent complete. A seven-mile stretch linking Meyersdale to Interstate 68 in Maryland remains unfinished and Congress has yet to allocate money to that link.

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