WARREN (Pa.) – County Executive George Borrello recently discussed a resolution in support of the North/South Corridor project with the Warren County Board of Commissioners.
“Although the State of New York an Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are very different, our counties share many of the same interests and concerns,” Borrello said. “We want to protect our natural resources, grow our economies and increase our tourism.”
“This North/South Corridor and the expansion of Route 62, which connects to Route 60 in New York State, is a critical component of achieving these goals.”
Borrello also previously met with Warren County Commissioner Jeff Eggleston and Warren County Planning Director Dan Glotz to discuss the possibility of working together to generate plans for greater investment in Routes 60 and 62.
The concept derives from a rough plan discussed years ago when planners from both counties met to lobby for developments on the same roadways.
The last major renovations to the Corridor were in the 1960’s. Borrello and Warren County officials hope to completed a plan to further evaluate and improve the infrastructure. They’re calling for local, state and federal investment to help develop a long-term plan to address these needs.
“Warren County is a leader in freight exports in the region of Pennsylvania,” Borrello said. “Chautauqua County has a lot of industry that relies on safe and accessible transportation routes to move products at an affordable rate.”
“We want to get people more efficiently from point A to point B t not only increase commerce and connectivity between our regions, but to make it easier for individuals to visit attractions in our counties, such as the Chautauqua Institution, National Comedy Center, Kinzua Dam and Allegheny National Forest.”
The Warren County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution in support of the North/South Corridor concept and the joint governmental efforts to secure funding for a planning study to develop the corridor.
Borrello will be approaching the Chautauqua County Legislature in May to gain support for the initiative.