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To answer these questions, the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County (SGPWC) has initiated a process with local planners and community stakeholders to flesh out a vision and plan for a 40-mile stretch of the historic “Lincoln Highway” that connects the historic small cities and growing suburbs east of Pittsburgh to the scenic Laurel Highlands. The study will build upon numerous transportation and land use planning efforts conducted over the past several years and will pinpoint strategies to implement the Route 30 Vision Statement developed last spring.

The project is unique in that a non-profit entity is taking a proactive, collaborative approach to help shape communities along the corridor that will optimize their ability to reap the benefits of growth, while
avoiding negative consequences, such as soaring housing prices, clogged roadways and vanishing open space.

When complete, the Route 30 Master Plan will become a strategic blueprint for Westmoreland County’s economic growth corridor. It will utilize sound transportation and land use planning approaches to develop cost-conscious investment priorities, intelligent strategies for congestion management and multi-municipal development regulations
and design guidelines.

 
   

Known to many as the Lincoln Highway, the U.S. Route 30 corridor is central Westmoreland County’s primary east-west highway. Its position as a transportation facility dates back to the French and Indian War and has played a nationally and regionally significant role in economic growth and westward expansion.

By leveraging key capital investments with intelligent transportation systems and sound land use practices, the U.S. Route 30 corridor in Westmoreland County will be a national example of a safe and efficient transportation corridor of economic opportunity.

Spearheading these actions is a coalition of business and municipal officials who work collaboratively with each other and with PennDOT to ensure that, the U.S. Route 30 of the future is characterized by:

  1. A consistent approach to land use regulation that enhances economic activities, balancing the historic character and rural beauty of the highway while respecting individual property rights;
  2. The use of the latest technology to intelligently move people and goods safely;
  3. An appropriate mix of commercial, industrial, residential, agriculture, open space and other vital land uses that underlie a great quality of life;
  4. A multi-modal approach, including transit, air, and rail freight to accommodate the movement of people and goods efficiently;
  5. A network of parallel road systems that provides choices for local residents and for the convenient flow of through traffic, including the tourist traveler; and
  6. Well-maintained surface, landscaping and traffic control systems that work together to enhance the motoring experience.

 

 
Available Vision Plan Documents:
   
>> Download Vision Plan
Click to download Draft Vision Plan
 
>> Download Summary Report
Click to download Draft Summary Report
 
>> Download Transportation
Improvement Maps
Click to download Improvement Maps
 
>> Download Optimal Corridor
Conceptual Plan Report
Click to download Conceptual Plan Report
 
Provide Comments by contacting SGPWC or via the Comment Form
   
Project Happenings:
   
>> View Regola Report
Click here to view February
2007 Regola Report - Senator Regola talks with Secretary of Transportation Allen Biehler
about Route 30
 
>> Download
  Click here to download the
Project Fact Sheet
   
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