Construction was recently completed for 11 miles of new, limited-access, four lane highway for US 219 in Somerset County, from the northern terminus of the Meyersdale Bypass to the southern end of the existing US 219 in Somerset, PA. Improving this transportation corridor should help make the Somerset/Johnstown area more accessible to visitors and commerce from the south.

Included in this project were minor realignments of Garrett Shortcut Road, Althouse Road, Crossroad School Road, Fogletown Road, and Pony Farm Road, as well as the addition of two new interchanges.  The new southern interchange, located at the northern terminus of the Meyersdale Bypass, will provide access to the town of Garrett.  The second new interchange, located at Mud Pike Road, will provide access to Berlin and Rockwood.

L.R. Kimball provided design services that included line and grade refinements, pavement design, drainage, storm water management, erosion and sediment pollution control, coordination with CSX Railroad, utility engineering, hydrologic and hydraulic studies, highway lighting, roadside development, right-of-way, structures, geotechnical engineering, surveying, traffic control, signing and pavement markings, coal evaluation, and constructability reviews.  Environmental services included additional natural resource investigation, agency coordination, mitigation commitment tracking, and groundwater monitoring.  Structure design for six sets of dual mainline bridges (Pine Hill Road, Swamp Creek, Buffalo Creek, Garrett Shortcut Road, Mud Pike Road, and Walters Mill Road) and widening of existing bridges over CSX Railroad is included with the project.

This project, one of the L.R. Kimball Transportation Division’s largest, was selected for an Engineering News Record Award of Merit.  L.R. Kimball’s involvement designing this highway concluded with the ribbon cutting ceremony in November 2018.