Wolf Administration Announces Critical Transportation Enhancements in Elk County

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced the approval of new funding for transportation infrastructure improvements to the city of St. Marys in Elk County.

“High volume roads create headaches for travelers, commuters, and businesses alike by slowing down commerce and impacting public safety,” said Sec. Davin. “This commonsense investment will significantly improve traffic patterns around the region, alleviating the challenges currently faced by those who live, work, and play in St. Marys.”

St. Marys was approved for $2.5 million in funding to construct a connector road to bypass an area called “The Diamond”, which routes northbound and eastbound traffic from two major corridors, state routes 255 and 120, creating travel difficulties and backlogs. During peak hours, bottlenecks are formed by a high volume of traffic and tractor trailers.

“The 120 Connector project is vital to the long-term economic development of the city of St. Marys and is an integral part of our downtown revitalization efforts,” said City Manager Timothy Pearson. “This project will open a corridor for the new downtown city park and the new Straub Beer Visitor Center while creating efficient and safe access for our growing industrial base in the city.”

A recent Multimodal Transportation Analysis provided the plan to construct the SR 120 connector road, and that plan has been accepted by city council. The bypass would minimize conflict points, significantly improve access for several major regional employers, improve street system efficiency, and provide for safer pedestrian foot traffic in downtown St. Marys. The cost of the project is $2.5 million.

Funding for the project will be provided by the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Funds (TIIF) program. The TIIF program is administered in cooperation with DCED and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

“On behalf of Governor Wolf, we at PennDOT are delighted to assist with road upgrades to improve traffic flow in St. Marys,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “This investment will help enhance traffic flow in the city, which opens the door to better business opportunities for Elk County.”

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to infrastructure improvements across the commonwealth, or the DCED, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132

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