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The allotment of Federal funding for road projects in the 19th Congressional District must be balanced between those problems that currently exist and those that may come. I believe our most pressing road problems lie in our population centers and the inadequacy of routes through and between them. Route 30 is the perfect example of the danger of inadequate transportation planning. Originally intended a by-pass for York, development along the route has clogged traffic to the point that Route 30 needs a by-pass of its own. The lesson we must take from this is that we cannot allow short-term solutions to become long-term problems.

In particular, Route 30 between York and Gettysburg deserves a great deal of attention because returning that corridor to viability would decrease pressures on Route 116 through McSherrystown and Route 234 through East Berlin. Congestion on Route 30 in York City near the I-83 interchange has become a nightmare for drivers. Second, by-passes must be constructed around New Oxford and Gettysburg due to increased traffic on Lincoln Highway. These historic communities, which play such a large role in the economy of the district, cannot withstand the continued onslaught of trucks without suffering irreparable harm. Third, road funding should be directed toward alternatives for traffic on Route 30 in West York. West York’s main street is bearing too much of the burden for the flow of drivers to and from the city. Fourth, a cloverleaf must be constructed at the intersection of Route 30 and Route 15 outside of Gettysburg to reduce gridlock for the 1.5 million visitors each year to the battlefield. Lastly, I would work to direct federal funding to extending Eisenhower Boulevard in Hanover to serve as a bypass of Route 116 in McSherrystown.